COACH: Frank Read
During a decade of coaching, Read came to be known as one of the world’s top rowing coaches and was recently recognized by the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame for this achievements. A rowing coach at the University of British Columbia, he also supported the Vancouver Rowing Club beginning in 1949. This partnership yielded multiple accolades and upset victories – including Canada’s first ever Olympic gold medal in rowing in 1956.
ATHLETES: Kathleen Heddle and Marnie McBean
Heddle joined the Canadian National Team in 1987, shortly after pursuing the sport while at the University
of British Columbia. Over five years, Heddle achieved great success winning eight medals at both the
Olympic Games and World Championships, six of those gold.
McBean is one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians, with three gold medals and a bronze medal from
the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. Along with her success at the Olympics, McBean captured eight
medals at the World Championships over her career. McBean is one of only two women to have won a
medal in all of the open women boat classes; winning gold or silver medals in the single, double, pair, four,
quad and eight.