The Faces Behind Rowing BC – ANDY WATSON
In his own words:
True story: I have never been on the water rowing; I’ve only ever been in a coach’s boat. Disclaimer: I’ve done some erg work for fitness.
In this way, I think I bring a true outsider’s perspective to the board, which I think is valuable for any organization. I was recommended to the board by Jen Walinga, who was a professor of mine at Royal Roads University, where I earned my Master of Arts in Professional Communication. My research for my Master’s focused on how Canadian amateur sports organizations could effectively be their own media and bypass the traditional gatekeeper and mainstream media.
I’ve been a Director at Large during my time on the board and have advised on various strategic communications, broadcasting, online and digital media and government relations. I’ve also provided the executive director and staff with support on emerging issues and supporting the nominating committee in 2019. I’m particularly proud to have seen Rowing BC innovate in their rowing streaming and the work behind the scenes to support the Rowing BC team with that work. I hope to continue as an advisor when my board term comes to an end in November.
Outside of rowing, I am the manager of strategic communications with the BC Coroners Service and have been in government communications for almost a decade. Prior to that, I worked in sports communications, with the UVic Vikes, Western Mustangs, Toronto Rock and a number of world lacrosse events). Before attending Royal Roads University, I was a field lacrosse student-athlete at Carleton University where I earned my Bachelor of Journalism degree and covered sports for four years (primarily amateur sports and junior hockey, and some professional and semi-pro sports).
I also referee competitive lacrosse and represented Canada as an official at the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Langley, B.C., and the first-ever European Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Turku, Finland, in 2017. Currently, I live in Esquimalt BC, less than 600 meters from the Gorge. I live there with my wife, Lori, who just went back to school to become a Registered Massage Therapist, and our two fur-children.