Female Rower of the Year - Claire Ellison
For the second year in a row, the Female Rower of the Year was awarded to Claire Ellison who rows out of the Halifax Rowing Club. In 2018, Claire had an exceptional year and was able to make her mark on the national stage. Locally, Claire competed in the Ice Breaker Regatta, Sprints Regatta, North West Arm Regatta, Atlantic Rowing Championships and Really Chili Regatta highlighted by winning the Pelham Trophy at the Cogswell/Pelham Championship race.
Claire Ellison continues to balance her studies in the IB program, her full-time rowing training as well as playing on the varsity volleyball team at Citadel High School, and working as a part-time rowing coach at the Halifax Rowing Club. This year Claire was named to the JW4x for the 2018 Junior World Championships where the boat placed 6th place. She saw incredible results throughout the trials process for the Junior National Team. Not only did Claire win Bronze in the JW1x at the 2018 National Rowing Championships, but she placed in the top percentile out of all the Junior, U23 & Senior women who raced at the Championships. Claire is not only an outstanding athlete, but she truly embodies the qualities of a leader within the rowing community, and continues to inspire rowers of all ages in Nova Scotia.
Male Rower of the Year - Andrew Todd
Write up will be available shortly.
Female Crew of the Year - Hannah Meeson and Tara Barnett
Hannah and Tara both rowed out of the North Star Rowing Club this past summer. Hannah returned to Nova Scotia in May following her first year rowing on the Varsity Rowing Team at the University of Victoria.
The two women teamed up at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta this summer in the Senior Women’s Lightweight Pair event. Tara and Hannah raced extremely bravely against boats from across Canada and North America to claim the Henley Gold!
In addition to their successes as a crew, Hannah and Tara are strong supporters of rowing in Nova Scotia. Tara has been a long time member of North Star Rowing Club, assisted on many committees with Row NS and North Star and has been an integral member of the Provincial Team. Hannah, has also made large contributions. In 2017 Hannah was an important member of the Canada Summer Games rowing team and this past summer was coach at North Star Rowing Club while she continued her training in preparation for her second year at UVIC.
Male Crew of the Year - Emerson Crick and Noel Balsor
Emerson and Noel from Halifax Rowing Club and North Star Rowing Club, respectively, each had a stellar years in 2018. Both of these young rowers had oustanding summers rowing for their clubs at local regattas and rowing together at the Ice Breaker Regatta wher they won the junior mens double at the Ice Breaker Regatta and the Sprints Regatta.
The young rowers highlight of the season was when their hard work paid off as both rowers were selected to row for Team Nova Scotia at the 20158 National Rowing Championships in Burnaby in the pair. The two rowers impressively rowed to a silver medal in the junior men's pair event, improving on the bronze that Noel captured the previous year in the same event with a different partner.
Club Coach of the Year - Peter Webster
Peter is a committed member of the rowing community in Nova Scotia. Peter gives an immense part of his life to volunteer: as a coach at his home club and with the Provincial Team; and as a board member with his home Club. Peter has been coaching for several years at several different levels. He is currently one of the most respected and highest qualified coaches in the province. This year, he coached a large group of athletes (see below) who competed and has great results at several local and Atlantic Regattas, and at Henley and National Championships.
President's Award - Andrew Todd and Jenna Pelham
Write up will be available shortly.
Umpire of the Year - Marilyn MacMullin
Marilyn has been an incredibly dedicated Umpire since 2006! She brings together both knowledge and experience of umpiring and racing and is able to compassionately help athletes and volunteers alike better understand the complexities and application of the Rules of Racing. Marilyn was our most active Umpire volunteer for the 2018 season, achieving a perfect attendance
Volunteer of the Year - Brian Robinson
Brian has been an incredibly dedicated volunteer for many years for Row Nova Scotia and for his home club Halifax Rowing Club. Brian has been the regatta statistician and the lifeblood behind the operations of the regattas in Nova Scotia for a number of years.
This year Brian has worked extremely hard to seamlessly integrate the use of a new regatta registration system into our regattas. Without the tireless efforts of Brian it would not be possible for Nova Scotia to host the number and quality of regattas we currently have. He has taken on this task and the troubleshooting of integrating Regatta Central in stride!
Mileage Award - Jess Houtsma
I am nominating Jess Houtsma for the Mileage Award, as she continues to demonstrate her dedication, persistence and hard work within the sport of rowing. As one of HRC's Para-Rower, Jess is a Masters Athlete living with Cerebral Palsy, yet in all of the years I have coached her she has never, ever let that become an obstacle in her pursuit of training. Jess is an integral member of the Halifax Rowing Club, and despite taking almost an hour for her to walk each way to the rowing club from her home, Jess regularly trains twice a day on the water. She is always the first one on the dock, ready to greet athletes and coaches with a smile as she arrives early to eagerly gather her equipment and prepare to make the most of her time on the water.
Regardless of the weather, waves or conditions, Jess is always ready to row, and never backs down from a workout. Her dedication to rowing is remarkable, as Jess uses her vacation time at work to allow her to arrive later at work every day so she can train at 7:00am before work, and on her days off she will stay and row for double sessions because she cannot get enough of the sport.