Since its inception in 1976, the Region of Waterloo Swim Club (ROW) has had an impressive roster of exceptional swimmers — those who stand out making national swim teams, setting Canadian records and, of course, hitting the highest mark in all sport, the Olympics and Paralympics. Here at ROW, we have had 12 swimmers participate in the Olympics and Paralympics swimming events. They all have spent countless hours in our pool at Wilfrid Laurier University and trained with some of the best coaches this sport has to offer including Cliff Barry, Bud McAllister, and Dean Boles. As an organization, we are very proud of our swimmers and coaches for all of their dedication and accomplishments.
To celebrate, the club held the “ROW 40th Anniversary Gala – Honouring Greatness” at the Tannery in Kitchener on Saturday November 5, 2016. A highlight of the evening was the induction of swimmers Laura Nicholls and Jennifer Button along with Coach Dean Boles into the ROW Hall of Fame.
Laura Nicholls competed at two Olympics, in Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000, where she competed with ROW teammate Jennifer Button. ROW coach Dean Boles was with Laura and Jennifer in Sydney and since that time he has moved on to other coaching opportunities with Swim Ontario and, in 2015, became the national coach for Denmark. The trio joined previous Hall of Fame inductees Victor Davis, Mike West and Coach Clifford Barry in this very elite and prestigious honour within our club.
ROW not only produces great swimmers — we develop great people!
If you have a swimmer, age 5 or older, looking to get into competitive swimming please check out our website at www.rowswimming.ca. If you are not sure if competitive swimming is right for your child, we offer free skills assessments and a variety training groups to meet the needs of young beginners up to the elite Olympic level swimmer.
About ROW Swimming
ROW has developed swimmers from age five through to adult since 1976. From stroke development and fitness to world competition, ROW swimmers have represented Canada with medal performances at the Olympics, World Championships, Commonwealth Games, Pan Am Games and World Cups, as well as representing the community at the International Children’s Games, provincial and regional championships, and local meets. If you, or your kids, are interested in competitive swimming and would like to join ROW, please visit www.rowswimming.ca for more information.
Submitted by Dave Reibel