The Patrick Convey Recognition Award fund was established to celebrate and remember the life of Patrick Convey by supporting an annual award to Nova Scotia rowing athletes and others involved in the sport of rowing who best exemplify the traits that made Patrick a special person. Specifically, a person with a passion for sharing his gifts, a commitment to rowing in Nova Scotia and athletic achievement in rowing.
Claire Ellison (Halifax Rowing Club) is the recipient of category 1 which is open to those age 25 years or younger. Andrew Todd (North Star Rowing Club) is the recipient of category 2 which is open to those age 26 years and older.
Both these deserving athletes had tremendous years in 2019. Todd won the gold medal at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in the PR3 men’s pair with partner Kyle Frederickson. Further, Todd repeated as the PR3 men’s single National Champion at the 2019 National Rowing Championships. For his achievements, Andrew was also named co-recipient of the Para Athlete of the Year from Rowing Canada. Ellison was selected to the Junior National Team for a second straight year in the junior women’s quad which went on to place 4th at the World Rowing Junior Championships. Later in the season she won the gold medal in the junior women’s single at the National Rowing Championships and began university and rowing at Queen’s University where she placed second in the women’s pair at the Canadian University Rowing Championships. Ellison was recognized with two awards – the Junior Athlete of the Year and the Tony Zasada Memorial Fund Award by Rowing Canada for her accomplishments.