by Lori Adam, Director of the Annual Fund
This past Sunday, in between races at the 2nd regatta at Elk Lake, our SMUS rowers were able to join us for a spectacular event – the christening of four new rowing shells! Thanks once again to the generosity of parents and alumni, our remarkable rowing team has added four new shells. These will help them to compete and also enable the programme to accommodate even more athletes. The christening was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the success of our rowers and the amazing leadership of our coach Susanne Walker-Curry, who was named Female Coach of the Year by Rowing Canada Aviron last year.
Chair of the Board David Angus popped the cork on a bottle of champagne to christen the Souza 1, named in honour of donor Tony Souza ’72. Board member Eric Heffernan ’73, poured a little bubbly over the boat honouring donor Michael Throne ’72, the Throne 1. Vivat 1, named for the school motto (which means “to long life”) was christened by some of the 50 rowers present for the ceremony.
Lastly, the Liz Fenje was christened by her mother Anne and her brother Chris, who is also a member of the rowing team. Liz, who graduated last year, won both the SMUS rowing team award and the athletic director’s merit award for her tremendous accomplishments as part of our rowing team. Liz is currently at Stanford, on a full rowing scholarship, where she is ranked as the top lightweight.
It was a truly wonderful afternoon, with the sun coming out just in time for our celebration. Our rowers once again made the school proud with tremendous results.