When the start gun fires Aug. 4, seven
Memorial alumni intend to make rowing history. They will be
part of Memorial’s first ever university-wide alumni
crew in the Royal St. John’s Regatta. Memorial University
once had a faculty-based team and has been a gold sponsor
of the Regatta on several occasions, but this year they are
taking the plunge and sponsoring a crew with graduates from
Under coxswain and Royal St. John’s Regatta hall-of-famer
Bert Hickey, the crew includes (listed as they sit in the
boat starting with #6 stroke oar): Robert Moran BA ’00,
B.Ed.’02; Douglas Trainor, BBA ’03; Steve Winters
B.Sc.’03; Desmond Ryan, B.Eng.’03; Gordon Delaney,
B.Comm.’02; Brian Power, BBA ’00 and spare rower
Greg Howard, BA ’02, B.Comm.’02.
All crewmembers have rowed with other teams. In fact many
Memorial alumni have figured prominently on Regatta teams.
But Memorial’s crew wanted to row for their alma mater
and the university felt it was important, as a key member
of the local community, to support them. So, with the assistance
of the Division of University Relations, the crew wearing
Memorial university alumni uniforms will be in the starting
line-up Aug. 4.
In the mean time there’s a lot of hard work and the
team is out there on the lake pulling for Memorial. Alumni
have the opportunity to drop by and cheer them on. Crew member
and Memorial employee Gordon Delaney says the team is usually
on Quidi Vidi twice daily “While our practice times
vary on a daily basis our usual rowing times are 6:30 a.m.
and 6:15 p.m.”
He said they will make several appearances prior to the Royal
Regatta including recent time trial races and the Placentia
Regatta, July 24.