6604 Jim Carruthers Helps RMC Rowing Club Finish On Historic Note
The RMC Rowing Club finished the season with the “Head of the Fish” back in November. The Cadets have been gearing up for the winter season since Christmas and recently were down to West Point for the exchange event. While they had their best showing yet against a much larger team, they’re not done yet!
As RMC’s Coach Paul Overvelde explained, “Canada was asked to be involved with the King’s Cup Regatta in England during the Royal Henley event.” (The King’s Cup was held beginning after the First World War; this is the 100th anniversary of the event.) “As RMC is the only active rowing team in the forces, we were called upon to see if we would boat a crew for the event.” RMC has accepted the task and come up with a list of Cadets who have rowed either this year or last year and who can be freed up for this summer to train. “We haven’t made the final selection yet, as we are allowed to name 1 coxie, 8 rowers, and 2 spares to the team. RMC has allowed for both myself and the assistant coach to be able to attend as well.”
Donations to the RMC Foundation have ensured that the Rowing Club will have high-quality boats to train in for the event. Overvelde and the Club are particularly grateful to H6604 Jim Carruthers. Jim has been an active supporter of the College in a number of areas, but since 2013, in particular, has provided over $122 000 in direct financial support to purchase rowing trailers and shells. (See here for an earlier e-Veritas article on Jim’s support of the Rowing Club.)
For Paul Overvelde, the significance of this support is summed up in the nature of the Royal Henley. “It’s the highest event in the rowing culture. Many rank it above the Olympics and other world events. The fact that RMC will be present during this event is historic.”
Article by 25366 Anna-Michelle Shewfelt