Last weekend, our rowing coach Susanne Walker Curry was named the Female Coach of the Year by Rowing Canada Aviron, the national governing body for the sport of rowing in Canada. The awards committee recognized her in part because of her success with her SMUS rowers, who won gold at both the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association championships and the CanAmMex Regatta.
“This award is really an honour,” says Mrs. Walker Curry. “It’s a reflection of the kids I work with.”
The SMUS team won several medals at the CSSRA championships, including gold in the Junior women’s double (Caryn Dooner and Maryann Watson) and Senior 72kg men’s single (Derek Stedman). Liz Fenje and Derek went on to represent Canada at the CanAmMex Regatta, winning three gold medals. These two also went to the Rowing Canada Aviron National Rowing championships in September, where they won third in the Junior men’s single and fifth in the Junior women’s single. Caryn and Maryann were also in the winning Junior B quad at Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.
“It’s all about the kids,” says Mrs. Walker Curry. “Seeing them reach their goals is my reward.”
After beginning rowing when she was twelve, Mrs. Walker Curry went on to compete at the high school, university and club level, rowing for both the Junior and Senior national teams and competing in the world championships. In 2007, she was the Canadian Women’s Head Coach for the CanAmMex regatta, where her team won five gold medals and the overall team title, and coached the BC women’s team at the Western Summer Games. Currently, she is the Vice President of Athlete Development for Rowing BC and a qualified level 3 coach, actively working on level 4.
“You do what you love to do,” she says. “My passion is for coaching.”