UCC Rowing: A legacy since 1858

Generations of UCC rowers have developed a love of sport and lasting bonds, with many reaching the heights of national championships, university scholarships, national representation and international competition. Our extraordinary rowing program fosters teamwork, goal-setting, leadership and enduring friendships. We’re excited about the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to construct a rowing facility on Toronto’s waterfront, providing difference-making support, creating opportunities for broader community outreach, and inspiring the rowers of tomorrow.

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  • UCC’s rowing legacy

    UCC’s first rowing team dates back to 1858 and for more than 160 years, our program has empowered athletes to reach their full potential and be their best selves. With more medals and championship wins than any other collegiate-level team at UCC, our list of rowing accomplishments includes Olympians and Olympic medallists, national championships, CISAA titles, OFSAA gold medals and successes at Head of the Charles, Stotesbury Regatta and Henley Regatta.
  • Rowing today at UCC

    Led by Director of Rowing Manny Azarcon, UCC’s rowing program includes training on the water and in our Strength, Agility & Speed (SAS) Fitness Centre during the fall and winter terms. During March Break, UCC rowers attend a training camp at a state-of-the-art facility in Tennessee.
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  • A dedicated UCC facility — with community impact

    We've partnered with PortsToronto to build a UCC Community Rowing Pavilion in Toronto’s Outer Harbour. The vanguard boathouse features ultramodern design and sustainability features including green roof, minimal energy and water use and eco-friendly landscaping. Other highlights include crew docks, a launch area, two boat storage bays, a strength training room, a tribute wall celebrating our rowing history and a community gathering area. See our photo gallery below. 
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Show your support — It’s time to pull together


Rowing is a vital part of UCC’s athletic program, with impact that extends well beyond our school community. A gift to rowing helps ensure the current and future needs of our athletes and coaches are met, by providing them with state-of-the-art equipment and a dedicated facility that will push the boundaries of what UCC rowers are capable of — as well as inspire the rowers of tomorrow. 

Gifts of all sizes are greatly appreciated and will be recognized in the College’s annual giving report. Donations can be pledged over two to five years and will be issued a charitable tax receipt (CAD, U.S. or U.K.). 

All leadership gifts ($25K+) are eligible for recognition on a rowing donor wall in the new facility, and there are additional spaces in the boathouse with associated recognition opportunities. For information, please contact Senior Manager, Major Gifts Jillian Blakey

The future of rowing

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We're raising $2.5 million to build the Pavilion. Special thanks to our generous early lead rowing supporters ($25K+):

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Carmichael Family
David Delaney ’02
D'Souza Family
Samuel Frum ’12
Simon Goldman ‘05 and Family
Simon Gowdy ’02
Guilfoyle Family
Russell ‘81 & June Higgins
Yvonne Jiang
Jonathan ’90 & Jamie Kawaja ’95
Oliver Roup ’94
Daniel ’93 & Shelley Sonshine 
David ’70, Jennifer & Matthew ’19 Thompson
Trevor Thorburn ’13 and Family
Yingjing Wang & Zhaohui Liu
Zhen Jun Chen & YanYan Cong
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