The "thrill of victory" may seem like a sports cliché, but it’s real—especially for athletes who so completely and comprehensively prepare that they leave no room for regret.
As a coxswain at Ridley, Tim was able to experience winning on a grand scale. During his four years in the mid-80s with the Senior Heavy Eight crew, Tim's teams never lost a race. At the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Championships—also known as Schoolboy—they won gold four years in a row, between 1983-86. The coxed four also won twice, making for six gold medals in total.
The teams won Stotesbury in Philadelphia all three times they entered. They went to English Henley twice, and because they were then in Grade 13, were forced to race against universities and clubs in the Thames Cup—they won that event in both 1985 and 1986.
Tim later 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. It is 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.”