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Powell, Tim '74 - Rowing

When he was in Grade 10, Tim was recruited by Neil Campbell to Ridley's rowing programme—and so began his lifelong dedication to the sport. Tim soon struck gold with his Ridley teammates at both national and international events, most notably, the 1973 Canadian Henley Regatta and the English Royal Henley Regatta that same year.

Named Oarsman of the Year in 1974, Tim moved on to Queen’s University, becoming a pioneering member of the school’s varsity programme and rowing with the first Men’s Eight to ever represent the school. Before long, he was enlisted to coach the Novice Men’s programme.

Over the years, Tim has successfully coached across Canada at the high school, university and club levels—and his impressive work with elite athletes deserves recognition. (For example, his experience with the Canadian National team at the 1987 Pan Am Games, where he coached Ridley alumnus Darby Berkhout to a silver medal win in the Men’s Pair event.)

But perhaps his most significant contribution to rowing is the work Tim has done to grow the sport. A teacher by both nature and profession, in the late 1980s, Tim started a programme called “Row for Fun and Fitness.” For six summers, he and his wife, Jackie tirelessly trailered boats to various clubs and resorts, in order to introduce young people to rowing.

Over the years, Tim has served on club boards, assisted in club development, and even purchased a company to design and manufacture rowing shells—all to expand the reach of rowing across Canada. 
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