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July 22, 2004
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Alumni crew in unison

Memorial’s alumni Regatta crew
Memorial’s alumni Regatta crew received some words of encouragement from President Axel Meisen before a recent training run. The crew will hit Quidi Vidi Lake for the 8.20 a.m. race on Regatta Day, Aug. 4 in St. John’s. See story below.

By Wade Kearley
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 several faculties.

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.


 


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