It’s a common sports cliché: the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. But Jason has used the highs and lows of his sporting career to gain perspective on the meaningful elements of an athlete’s journey. Jason was an ISAA and OFSSA swimming champion several times over, but his greatest success came on the water in a rowing shell.
In 1982, he won the Neil Campbell Award for Oarsmen of the Year, his crew winning multiple CSSRA Championships and the Stotesbury Cup. When asked about his greatest sports memory, Jason recalls, “standing on the podium at Schoolboy in 1983 after winning the Calder Cleland with my best friends. I was exhausted, overjoyed, proud, and incredibly sad that my rowing days at Ridley were now over.”
After graduation, Jason attended Syracuse University on a rowing scholarship and went on to represent Canada from 1986-88 in the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and the Olympics.
Jason happily returned to Ridley as rowing coach many years later, leading the 2012 Heavy Eight Boys back to the Royal Henley Regatta for the first time since the nineties.
Now a published author and consultant, Jason mentors athletes and coaches, sharing with them his philosophy about the true nature of victory—one which takes a longview of success and insists it cannot be measured in medals alone—in order to unleash unlimited personal and athletic potential.
“It is ALL about the journey and the relationships!”