The thrill of victory – it’s a sports cliché. But it’s real, especially for athletes who prepare so completely and comprehensively that they leave no room for regret. As a coxswain at Ridley, Tim Coy was able to experience winning on a grand scale. During his four years with the senior heavy 8 crew in the mid-eighties, his teams never lost a race. At the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Championships – long and affectionately known as Schoolboy – they won gold four years in a row, from ’83 to ’86; the coxed 4 also won twice, six gold medals in total. They won Stotesbury in Philadelphia all three times they entered. They went to English Henley twice, and because they were in grade 13, were forced to race universities and clubs in the Thames Cup. They won that event in 1985 and 1986. He then experienced victory in a whole new way, as the Head Rowing Coach at Shawnigan Lake School. In 12 competitive seasons his crews won 16 medals, 12 of them gold, including their historic capture of the Princess Elizabeth Cup in 2008, the only time in Shawnigan’s history that a crew has won English Henley.
“The greatest lesson I have learned through sport is that preparation is everything- you get the result you deserve.”