The Faces Behind Rowing BC – LINDA ARNOLD
In her own words:
My involvement in the sport of rowing began more than 40 years ago when I married Dr. Don Arnold, Canada’s first ever Olympic Gold medalist and stroke of the gold medal Olympic crew. As some rowers know, he has a notable rowing career, and was also one of the founders and first Executive Director of Rowing BC.
I pursued a full time professional career in post secondary education for about forty years, but found time to volunteer for a number of organizations, one of them has been rowing.
Much of my volunteer work during the past 38 years of direct rowing contact has involved team leadership and management, as well as many aspects of umpiring. At the international level I was assistant team manager for the Senior B’s and Senior A’s, (Denmark) and Women’s Team manager to the Commonwealth Games (Scotland). At the National level, I managed Team BC for a month of regatta training attending the Canadian Nationals in Montreal, the Henley in St Catharine’s, and the Canada Games in New Brunswick.
One of the true highlights of the management experiences was watching our Team BC athletes at the Canada Games achieve gold medals in every event, with the exception of one silver medal. Several of those athletes became members of the Canadian National Team, achieving international recognition!
In the mid 1980’s I became a certified Umpire, and also began rowing at the Masters level. As an Umpire and Chief Umpire I have, over the years, attended every regatta in the province of BC. The journey of umpiring also took me to the U.S.A for the Pacific Championships in Sacramento, and to the San Diego Crew Classic.
At the National level in Canada I have umpired on several occasions at the Canadian National Championships.
In January of 2020 at the RCA Conference in Ottawa I was recognized for my years of service to Canadian rowing, with the award of the 35-year pin. That occasion meant a lot to me.
As my two year appointment to the Board of Directors of Rowing BC draws to a close, I look ahead to the future of rowing in our province. I know that the record of past achievements of British Columbians will continue to be supported in the future by dedicated individuals who will value the legacy of excellence which has become a hallmark of rowing in BC. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been of service to this wonderful sport community.