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Earlier in September we celebrated one of the STAR volunteers of our rowing community at the Sport BC Community Sport Hero Awards. York Langerfeld volunteers for rowing in a variety of roles. He’s a coach, umpire, board member, and regatta organizer.

York has been a volunteer coach for Vikes Women’s Rowing for over 10 years. Sure, some of it is in the sunshine, but a lot of it is in the early mornings, in the dark, in the rain, and in a tin boat.

Jane Gumley, University of Victoria Women’s Rowing Head Coach described how important York is to the program. “Having York on the water as a certified, but volunteer coach, allows the UVic Women’s program to offer an added layer of safety along with an additional set of eyes on technique. His expertise not only supports the student-athletes, but also the up-and-coming coaches. Having York on the water helps the program immensely. He has allowed us to open up to a greater number of student-athletes and expose them to varsity rowing, without putting financial strain on the program.”

He is also a Rowing BC Umpire, volunteering at multiple regattas every year. He’s very active on the Rowing BC Board and the Victoria Rowing Society Board. “York’s work on the board has been invaluable. He is someone who gets things done so others can enjoy the sport of rowing,” said Victoria Rowing Society President, Adam Parfitt.

He’s been the Chair of the Cadborosaurus Coastal Regatta twice and has been a key player in other regatta organizing committees.

Congratulations York and thank you for your continued support of Rowing in British Columbia!

Read the Sport BC Article HERE.

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