Golden Oars Celebrates Fifth Anniversary - Honoring Excellence in Rowing

by Sarah Marshall, | Sep 17, 2015
USRowing is pleased to announce the fifth-annual Golden Oars Awards Dinner, scheduled for Thursday November 19 at the New York Athletic Club in New York City.
PRINCETON, N.J. – USRowing is pleased to announce the fifth-annual Golden Oars Awards Dinner, scheduled for Thursday November 19 at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. 

Co-hosted by USRowing and the National Rowing Foundation, Golden Oars is in its fifth year of recognizing excellence in rowing. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the National Rowing Foundation which supports the US national teams and America Rows, a USRowing  program that helps to change the lives of urban youth and those with disabilities through rowing.
This year’s event will honor the following award winners for their outstanding performance and contributions to the sport of rowing.
USRowing Medal- Steve Gladstone
Male Athlete of the Year- Seth Weil
Female Athlete of the Year- Megan Kalmoe
Jack Kelly Award- Ginny Gilder
Jack Franklin Award- Peter Zandbergen
Anita DeFrantz Award- Judd Anderson
Isabel Bohn Award- Ellen Minzner
The remaining USRowing awards will be announced shortly and  presented at the USRowing Annual Convention in Philadelphia on Saturday, December 5.

“There has never been such an exciting time in rowing and we are very proud to GO Awardsrecognize these members of our rowing community for their commitment to our sport.  Each of our honorees had a breakout year in their respective fields and we congratulate them all," said Beth Kohl, USRowing Chief Marketing Officer and Dinner Chair. “We look forward to another inspiring evening of celebration as we look back at an outstanding year and look forward to the future and cheer on our 2016 Olympic hopefuls."

The remaining USRowing awards will be presented at the USRowing Annual Convention in Philadelphia on Saturday, December 5.
Seven Fan’s Choice Awards for athletes and coaches will also be awarded at Golden Oars.
USRowing Board President Erin O’Connell and NRF Co-Chair Jamie Koven will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs. The dinner committee to date includes prominent members of the rowing community including: Isabel Bohn, John Brisson, Michael J.Brown, Andrew J. Campbell, Rich Caputo, Dick Cashin, John Chatzky, Pete Cipollone, Charlie Cole, Beth Covin, Anita DeFrantz, Mara Ford, Charlie Hamlin, Dr. Jo Hannafin, Marcia Hooper, Curtis Jordan, Celia Kohl, Amanda Kraus, Don Langford, Talbot Logan, Mike Meehan, Liz O’ Leary, Gill Perry, Chuck Pieper and Mitch Tamkin.

"It has been an outstanding year," said Erin O'Connell. "Throughout the U.S., 15657853998_9c742719db_kparticipation in rowing has increased across every category and we had some of our largest national championships ever. It has been gratifying to see the growth in our America Rows programs and how it has changed lives through rowing.  We are grateful for the support of our partner, the National Rowing Foundation and of the entire American rowing community. We cannot wait to come together at the Golden Oars Dinner to celebrate our 2015 successes."

"The National Rowing Foundation is excited to be joining USRowing to host the fifth annual Golden Oars Awards Dinner,” 
said Jamie Koven. “Golden Oars has become one of the most inspiring events in our sport and is a terrific opportunity to showcase the achievements of our athletes and coaches, and to raise funds to support the efforts and dreams of these amazing athletes. We hope the rowing community will join us and support our U.S. athletes as they train for the Rio Olympic Games.”

Tickets to Golden Oars are now on sale, click here to purchase.
For more information about the Golden Oars Awards Dinner, please visit

Sponsorship and tribute ad opportunities are available by contacting Beth Kohl at

2015 Award Winners
USRowing Medal 
Given in recognition to a U.S.-based  member of the rowing community who has rendered conspicuous service to, or accomplished extraordinary feats in rowing, the USRowing Medal is the highest honor USRowing can bestow. 

2015 Recipient – Steve Gladstone
Steve Gladstone has undeniably accomplished superior achievements in rowing over the past 40 years.  An inspiration to American rowing, Gladstone began his rowing career at the Kent School, continuing on to row at Syracuse University before beginning his storied career as a collegiate and national team level coach.

Gladstone has coached  elite programs at Princeton, Harvard, University of California at Berkley where he also served as the athletic director, Brown University and currently heads the heavyweight crew for Yale.

Male Athlete of the Year 

2015 Recipient – Seth Weil
Weil, a three-time National Team member, recently won gold in the four at the 2015 World Rowing Cup 2 after taking silver in the same shell at the 2014 World Rowing Championships.

Female Athlete of the Year 

2015 Recipient – Megan Kalmoe
As three seat of USRowing’s first-ever gold standard crew for the women’s quadruple sculls, Kalmoe goes above and beyond the call of duty for the sport she loves. The bronze medalist in the women’s quadruple sculls at the 2012 London Olympics and a finalist in the 2008 Beijing games, Megan Kalmoe serves as the athlete representative to the USRowing High Performance Committee. This is Megan’s second consecutive Female Athlete of the Year award.

Jack Kelly Award 
Awarded to an outstanding individual who represents the ideals that Jack Kelly exemplified: superior achievements in rowing, service to amateur athletics, and success in their chosen profession, thereby serving as an inspiration to American rowers.
2015 Recipient – Ginny Gilder
Ginny Gilder has had a prolific career, both in rowing and in her many successful business and philanthropic endeavors.

A four-year letter-winner at Yale and a participant in the famous Women’s Crew Protest,Gilder has been an instrumental player in the fight for equality for female athletes. A four-time U.S. National Team member, a two-time Olympian and a silver-medalist at the 1984 Olympics, Gilder has also established multiple new businesses and is a co-owner of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. Over the years, Ginny has established several organizations and foundations dedicated to improving the lives of women and is dedicated to ensuring athletics shape the face of women for generations to come. 

Jack Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award 
The Jack Franklin Award recognized in individual for a lifetime of contributions to our sport.

2015 Recipient – Peter Zandbergen
An USRowing official since 1975 and a FISA license holder since 1982, Zandbergen has officiated at numerous World Championships, Pan American Games and domestic events such as the Senior and Masters National Championships, the NCAA National Championships and the IRA Championships. Zandbergen was also an official at the 1996 Olympics.

Anita DeFrantz Award 
Awarded to an individual or organization achieving measurable success in expanding diversity opportunities in rowing. 

2015 Recipient – Judd Anderson & Reach High Baltimore
Judd Anderson has expanded diversity opportunities in rowing by an incredible degree. In 2011, ten years after retiring from teaching, Anderson started Reach High Baltimore: Rowers Empowering Baltimore Youth.
Additionally, his regular practice of taking his athletes on college tours during regatta travel weekends and the high college acceptance rates among his older athletes proves that Anderson and his program are enriching the lives and maximizing the future potential of the young program members. Through Reach High Baltimore, rowers of all races, classes, and backgrounds have expanded their horizons and gained access to the complete span of mental and physical benefits created by rowing.

Reach High Baltimore has accomplished a huge amount of success over a very short period of time. Only five years ago, the program became one of USRowing’s first America Rows Affiliates. Now it is a program that changes lives on many levels.  This year, their National Learn to Row Day attracted 146 participants, citizens that represented the entire community of Baltimore City.

Isabel Bohn Award 
Awarded to an individual or organization achieving measurable success in expanding rowing opportunities for those with physical and intellectual disabilities.

2015 Recipient  Ellen Minzner
Throughout Ellen’s involvement in rowing, first as a national team athlete, later as a coach for novice to elite level athletes, and now as a thought leader, coach and pioneer, she has proven herself to be an exemplary advocate for our sport.  Ellen is always looking ahead, developing and executing rowing opportunities for some of our population’s most underserved, but most deserving populations. Minzner, the coach of the back-to-back silver medalist leg, trunk and arms four with coxswain crew at the World Rowing Championships in 2014 and 2015 has seen record breaking finishes from her crew. Minzner not only coaches but works tirelessly to find housing, meals and funding for the Paralympic hopefuls as they attend selection camp in Boston.

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 has 75,000 individual members and 1,200 member organizations, offering rowing programs for all. USRowing’s official suppliers include Concept 2, Croker Oars, JanSport, 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, Bucket List Events, Connect-A-Dock, EMCVenues, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Rudy Project and Shimano. USRowing relies on strong partnerships to enable continued success. America Rows, which supports diversity in rowing and provides opportunities for those with disabilities, also benefits from corporate support.

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About the National Rowing Foundation
Founded in 1966, the National Rowing Foundation's mission is to support athletes who pursue excellence in the sport of rowing, with the primary goals of promoting the United States' participation in international competitions, providing for the preservation of rowing history and managing the National Rowing Hall of Fame. For more information please visit
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