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Craig Swayze

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Swayze, who died in 2000, was a sports writer and newspaper editor who grew up in Brockville and covered rowing events all over the world, said presenter Pat Marshall at the ceremony. Much of Swayze’s career was with the St. Catharines Standard. While in that city, Swayze was heavily involved with the St. Catharines Rowing Club and played a pivotal role in establishing rowing as a world-class sport through the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. He was also involved with policy making through the International Rowing Federation and served as chairman of the North American Rowing Championships.

The award was accepted on Swayze’s behalf by his daughter Dr. Kathy Swayze.

She noted how her father cherished Brockville, its river and its railway lines. She said if it hadn’t been for his two loves in St. Catharines – rowing and Dr. Swayze’s mother – she might have grown up in Brockville.

“This recognition would have blown my dad away,” Dr. Swayze said in accepting the honour on her father’s behalf. “… He was so passionate about this place.”  

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