The Faces Behind Rowing BC – SHEREE MOFFATT
In her own words:
In 1995, my daughter came home one day and told me she wanted to take up rowing in Maple Bay. I did not know what she was talking about, but she said she wanted to row like Silken Laumann. I watched her for 6 months and I decided that I had to try rowing too. I took a learn to row at Maple Bay with Bill Murray and Cheryl Thibodeau.
I had only been rowing a few months when Wayne Van Osteron approached me and asked if I would become a rowing umpire just to help out at our local regatta- and assured me I would only be helping at one regatta a year. That was over 25 years ago, and I have been umpiring ever since, and definitely at more than one regatta a year.
As well as being a head umpire for regattas, rowing and competing myself in rowing regattas, I have also tried to teach rowing to other adults. I want to inspire the love for the sport that I have and to encouraging fitness for life, which ties well into my other job working as a nurse. I see the need for all ages to get up and get moving at something to inspire healthy living. When I am not umpiring, rowing, coaching or working, I do what I can to fundraise to help support the club. I am known as the recycling bottles queen. I always have a pile in my car port sorted ready to go to bottle depot. On my off time- I like to hike and travel and combine them together. I have taken some recent hiking trips to Peru, Guatemala and Cuba, combining both loves. I have not managed a rowing tour yet, but I hope to be able to do so in the future.