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USRowing Announces Eight Award Winners for 2013

by Allison Frederick, allison@usrowing.org | Sep 13, 2013
USRowing is pleased to announce eight of its annual award winners, selected by the organization’s board of directors. Awards will be presented November 20 at the Golden Oars Awards Dinner in New York City and December 6 at the USRowing Annual Convention in Seattle, Wash. USRowing honors the following individuals for their outstanding service to the sport of rowing in 2013:
USRowing is pleased to announce eight of its annual award winners, selected by the organization’s board of directors. Awards will be presented November 20 at the Golden Oars Awards Dinner in New York City and December 6 at the USRowing Annual Convention in Seattle, Wash. USRowing honors the following individuals for their outstanding service to the sport of rowing in 2013:
  • USRowing Medal – Ted Nash
  • Jack Kelly Award – Fritz Hagerman
  • Anita DeFrantz Award for Advancing Diversity in Rowing – Chicago Training Center
  • Isabel Bohn Award for Achievement in Adaptive Rowing – Mark Baiada
  • John J. Carlin Service Award – Martha Shumaker
  • Clayton W. Chapman Award – Kathy Frederick
  • Ernestine Bayer Award (formerly Woman of the Year) – Sandy Armstrong
  • Man of the Year Award – Michael Callahan
In addition, the Julian Wolf, Jack Franklin and Mama Z awards, as well as the 2013 USRowing Male and Female Athletes of the Year, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Given in recognition to a member of the rowing community in the U.S. who has rendered conspicuous service to, or accomplished extraordinary feats in rowing, the USRowing Medal is the highest honor USRowing can bestow. This year’s USRowing Medal recipient is Ted Nash.

With a long-time presence on Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row, the 11-time Olympic athlete and coach has been impacting rowing for more than 50 years and is a true icon in the sport. As an athlete, Nash won gold in the men’s four at the 1960 Olympics in Rome and then bronze in the four at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. As an international coach, he helped guide crews to Olympic silver medals in 1976, 1988 and 1992, and assisted Mike Teti in the men’s eight victory in 2004.

Nash coached the heavyweights at the University of Pennsylvania from 1969-1983 and started the women’s program at Penn in 1975. He has coached at Penn AC for more than 30 years, starting the women’s crew program. In 1962, he helped launch the National Women’s Rowing Association, which joined with the NAAO to form USRowing in the 1980s. Previously, he served on both the Men’s and Women’s Olympic Committees.

“It is very humbling when you're told that you'll receive something like this, which is high honor for USRowing and for all people that row,” said Nash. “I was speechless. I didn't have a word to say, because I thought it was a lovely thing to do and I very much appreciate the honor.

“What I'm most interested in, is that people said I brought enthusiasm to their lives. When I can bring a group of people of all backgrounds and levels of experience together as lifetime friends, it brings tears to my eyes. How magnificent that these people are successful and contribute immediately to the sport of rowing. That, to me, is what I would like to be known for – that I brought these people together that really do feel like family.”

The 2013 Jack Kelly Award winner is Fritz Hagerman. The criteria of "superior achievements in rowing, service to amateur athletics, and success in their chosen profession, thereby serving as an inspiration to American rowers" describes the Ohio University emeritus physiology professor's 40 years of service with the U.S. National Team.

Dr. Hagerman started running physiology assessments with the national teams in 1972 and virtually every rower over that time period who has tried to make the team has been pricked or placed a mask on and erged under Dr. Hagerman's professional eye. Dr. Hagerman has consulted with national team coaches for 40 years on training plans and athlete assessments. A large percentage of medals won by the U.S. over this time period have had Fritz's fingerprints on the preparation of these crews. He is a beloved figure for his tireless energy and commitment to the U.S. national teams.

Introduced in 2011, the Anita DeFrantz Award for Advancing Diversity in Rowing is given annually to honor leaders in diversity and inclusion and is named in honor of Anita DeFrantz, a 1976 Olympic bronze medalist and a leader and advocate for women’s inclusion in sport. Chicago Training Center is this year’s recipient of the Anita DeFrantz Award.

Now in its seventh year, the Chicago Training Center (CTC) is Chicago’s only free, community-based youth rowing program, and the largest fully free program of its kind in the country. Launched by Executive Director Montana Butsch in 2007, CTC was founded to introduce low-income, minority teens to competitive rowing, and to help students leverage their participation in the sport to maximize their personal and academic potential. Mr. Butsch established CTC to extend these benefits to at-risk youth in the Chicago Public Schools.

Also introduced in 2011, the Isabel Bohn Award for Achievement in Adaptive Rowing is given to a member of the rowing community in the United States who has demonstrated achievement in adaptive rowing. Mark Baiada, president of BAYADA Home Health Care, is this year’s recipient of the Isabel Bohn Award.

Baiada annually sponsors the nation’s oldest and largest all-adaptive rowing competition for athletes with physical disabilities, the BAYADA Regatta in Philadelphia. His service to the sport spans more than three decades, and he has been instrumental to the development of adaptive rowing in the United States.

The John J. Carlin Service Award, given to Martha Shumaker, honors an individual who has made significant and outstanding commitments in support of rowing.

This year marked the 40th anniversary of the San Diego Crew Classic and the final one for Executive Director Martha Shumaker, who is retiring from her position. At the inaugural event in 1973, Shumaker was a 25-year old heading the public relations effort of a three-hour event with 12 races. Since then, the regatta has grown to a two-day event with close to 100 races which hosts 4,000 collegiate, junior and master athletes from across the country. Under Shumaker’s direction, the budget has grown from $500,000 to over $1 million, with an operational budget of $2 million, when vendor discounts, donated equipment and volunteer time is added up.

The Clayton W. Chapman Award is presented annually to an individual who best emulates Mr. Chapman’s 30-year stewardship of the Eastern Sprints and IRA Championship Regattas. The awardee is an individual who has consistently served in behind-the-scene administrative roles that have previously gone unrecognized. The recipient may be an athlete, coach, referee, administrator, volunteer, regatta organizer, sponsor, vendor or any other individual involved in the staging of a regatta. Kathy Frederick is this year’s Clayton Chapman award winner.

In 1993, Frederick, with the support of her rowing club (Station L Rowing Club in Portland, Ore.) established the very first Row For The Cure. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of this event this year, Row For the Cure is a non-profit organization established to financially support the work of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation in a search for a cure for breast cancer. Having raised over $1.3 million dollars since its inception, this dream has grown into a national (and international) series of regattas for human powered watercraft. In 2013, Row For The Cure will include 10 regattas. All proceeds from the regattas are donated to local affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to support their work of public education, patient and family support and free mammograms (with 25% of funds directed by the affiliates to the national grant fund for breast cancer research).

The Ernestine Bayer Award, formerly Woman of the Year, recognizes outstanding contributions to women’s rowing and/or to an outstanding woman in rowing. Marin Rowing Association executive director and junior women’s head coach Sandy Armstrong is this year’s recipient of the award.

During Armstrong’s tenure, the women’s varsity eight has qualified for the USRowing Youth National Championships every year but one since 1991, bringing home four gold medals including this year (2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013), four silver medals and three bronze medals. Her junior women’s eight holds the Southwest Regional Championship record with 13 gold medals, seven silver and two bronze. Sandy has served as a junior national team coach on several occasions, including coaching the eight in 2011 and 2012.

The 2013 Man of the Year Award recognizes outstanding contributions to men’s rowing and/or to an outstanding man in rowing. This year’s recipient is University of Washington men’s head coach Michael Callahan.

Heading into his seventh season at Washington, Callahan led his men’s squad to its third consecutive national title at the IRA Championships, sweeping all five grand finals in the process. Washington also won its seventh-consecutive Ten Eyck Award, given to the team that earns the most overall points. Since Callahan took over the program prior to the 2007-08 season, Washington has won four national titles, finished second twice and never lost a Ten Eyck trophy. The Huskies have now swept the five grand finals in back-to-back years.

Click here to view a list of past award winners.

Golden Oars is a fundraiser for the national teams, America Rows and the adaptive program. Several of this year’s major awards, including the 2013 Fan’s Choice Awards, will be presented on November 20 at the New York Athletic Club. Information on the dinner, purchasing tickets and sponsorship opportunities may be found at http://www.usrowing.org/Events/GoldenOarsDinner.aspx. For media accreditation, please contact Allison Frederick, USRowing Communications Manager at Allison@usrowing.org.

About USRowing
USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing’s official suppliers include Concept 2, Croker Oars, Filippi, Nielsen Kellerman, Vespoli and WinTech. USRowing also receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners ANXeBusiness Corp, Boathouse Sports, Connect-A-Dock, EMCVenues, JanSport, Ludus Tours and Rudy Project. For more information, visit www.usrowing.org. The USRowing National Team program relies on strong partnerships to enable continued success. New opportunities exist to support the teams through the next quadrennial, culminating with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. America Rows, which supports diversity in rowing and the USRowing adaptive programs also benefit from corporate support. For more information, please contact Beth Kohl at beth@usrowing.org.
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