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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 that we had 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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  • Former UCC rower donates $1 million towards new boathouse

    As a young boy, Don Lindsay ’76 dreamed of becoming a professional hockey player — until his peers started growing taller and stronger and it became unlikely that he would even make the UCC team. So, he decided to turn his small size into an advantage and joined the rowing team as a coxswain.
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  • A dedicated UCC facility — with community impact

    We've partnered with PortsToronto to build a UCC community rowing boathouse in Toronto’s Outer Harbour. The Lindsay Boathouse features ultramodern design and sustainability features including green roofs, 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. 
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  • 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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  • 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.

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 Lindsay Boathouse with associated recognition opportunities. For information, please contact Senior Manager, Major Gifts Nona Bourgeois

Construction updates (April 2022–Summer 2023)

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We've raised $2.5 million to build The Lindsay Boathouse. Special thanks to our generous early lead rowing supporters ($25K+):

Don Lindsay ’76
Carmichael Family
Andrew Carragher ’88
Zhen Jun Chen & YanYan Cong
Aaron Chiu ’05
Sam Craig
David Delaney ’02
D'Souza Family
Nathanial Findlay ’74
Samuel Frum ’12
Ted Gibson ’80
The Givertz-Steel Family
Simon Goldman ‘05 and Family
Simon Gowdy ’02
Guilfoyle Family
Frank Guo and Ellen Fang
Jay Hayden ’77
Russell ‘81 & June Higgins
The Hong Family
Henry Jackman ’84
Yvonne Jiang
Derek Leung ’99
Tom Kalvik ’00 & Lindsay Shirreff
Jonathan ’90 & Jamie Kawaja ’95
Jim Relle ’80
Oliver Roup ’94
Daniel ’93 & Shelley Sonshine 
David ’70, Jennifer & Matthew ’19 Thompson
Trevor Thorburn ’13 and Family
Tim Turner ’77
Pat Turner ’80 and Nadine Caron
Xia Wang and Hong Sun
Yingjing Wang & Zhaohui Liu
The Willner Madge Family
The Zambonini Family
1977 Jubilee Crew
1990–1991 Lightweight Crew
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