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The Faces Behind Rowing BC – TISH HILL

In her own words:

Combining rowing and travel have turned out to be a lifelong passion for me and this is where the wonderful combination began … 

I started rowing as a novice in my freshman year at the University of Victoria in 1986. My academic program at UVic required me to complete four work terms for graduation, which I had the good fortune to do in several cities across Canada.  

When a work term took me to a new city, season permitting, I would run down and join the local rowing club.  This allowed me to make instant friends and enabled me to see different parts of the local area through participating in regional regattas.  The Calgary Rowing Club, Toronto Argonaut Rowing Club and Lake Washington Rowing Club in Seattle have been particularly welcoming!

Graduating from University, I kept up this habit of connecting through rowing, as I moved to the USA and traveled internationally as a professional.  Now back in Victoria to raise my family, I have come full circle and have been a member of the Gorge Narrows Masters club for almost a decade.  Travel and rowing continue to be combined, as members of our team participated in the World Rowing Masters Regatta in Bled, Slovenia in 2017.  Who knows where rowing and travel will take me next – but I can’t wait! 

When people ask me how long I’ve been rowing, and I say over 30 years, they blink with astonishment …. “this sport is a lifelong thing, and I STILL haven’t figured it out”, I say.  

In more ways than one rowing has helped me “keep an even keel” over the course of my life, so when Executive Director Dave Calder talked to me about joining the Rowing BC Board of Directors, I felt it an honour to have a chance to “give back”. 

As a high-tech entrepreneur and Startup veteran, I felt I could direct my efforts to support Rowing BC in looking at innovative ways to generate new streams of income, that could in turn, flow into the community to support rowing in the province.  I am particularly proud of working with the City of Langford to develop a community rowing facility at the Finlayson Arm of the Saanich Inlet and a complementary alternative revenue source for Rowing BC.  Post-COVID, I hope these plans and this important relationship resumes and the community rowing center becomes a reality.

Outside of my role on the board, we are a sporting family!  My husband Brian has been a professional yacht racer competing in marquee international regattas, and now racing as a high-level amateur. My daughter Chloe is a freshman at the University of Victoria (her mum’s alma mater) as a new varsity rugby athlete.  Chloe is a member of the U18 Canadian National Rugby team, BC Provincial Elite, Regional Rep Tide, and Castaway Wanders RFC rugby teams. ….You don’t want to see how much laundry we have!?

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