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SUBJECT: Memorial University alumni team to row in the St. John’s Regatta
DATE: July 26, 2004

When the start gun fires on 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 itself 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. “We are all proud Memorial graduates,” said crew member and Memorial University student recruitment officer Gordon Delaney. “We approached Memorial for the sponsorship because, besides rowing, it was the one thing we all had in common.

We all feel a connection to Memorial and hope we will do well in representing the university at the races.”

In the meantime 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.

Mr. 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.”

On Aug. 4 the Memorial crew will be rowing at 8:20 a.m., in the second race of the day. Mr. Delaney noted that they also made appearances prior to the Royal Regatta including the Placentia Regatta (where they won their race) on July 24.

Memorial University is a gold sponsor of the Regatta and as been recognized as such for many years. “A gold sponsor is one who provides funding of $5,000 in a monetary donation or otherwise. Memorial provides its donation in the form of work term students from Memorial’s Faculty of Business Administration,” explained Dr. Ed Williams, treasurer of the Regatta’s board of directors and professor in Memorial’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics. “The gold sponsorship offers several perks, including the naming of a race. This year, the Memorial sponsored team will be rowing in the Memorial University of Newfoundland Labour Race.” The team will be competing for the W.F. Galgay Memorial Trophy.

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