Fraser shares his Athletic Lives of Distinction honour with his entire Heavy Eight crew. “My fondest rowing memories centre around that crew and Neil Campbell, our coach,” he recalls. A decorated athlete, Fraser has since gone on to champion the sport he loves by giving back to the rowing community.
As student at Ridley, Fraser played First Football, First Hockey and won the Neil Campbell Award for his work with the Heavy Eight crew—which won the U.S. championships in 1971, the Canadian Championships in both 1971 and 1973, and, the jewel in the crown, the Princess Elizabeth Cup at the 1973 Royal Henley Regatta.
Fraser went on to win national titles and earn impressive results at the World Rowing Championships. Because he believes that great athletes need great coaches and mentors, he sought always to occupy these roles for younger generations, coaching Ridley's Junior Heavy Eight Crew in the early eighties, and serving as Medical Director for Rowing Canada from 1985-88.
In 1999, Fraser's work as Committee Chair led to an exhibit dedicated to Canada’s 1984 Olympic Gold Medal Eight at the St. Catharines Museum. From 2007-11, he led Ridley’s Rowing Alumni group, which successfully fundraised for much-needed equipment, including an indoor rowing tank. Fraser won the St. Catharines Rowing Club Service Award in 2013—further proof that he lives by our school motto, Terar Dum Prosim.