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RS steps up to offer support of crippled Leander Boat Club2011-05-10
Donation of cox-box and boat lights will go a long way in the recovery effort
In the early morning of April 28th under a shroud of darkness Mother Nature let her presence be known though a powerful and freak windstorm. The windstorm, which swept across much of Southern Ontario, was particularly damaging to the Leander Boat Club situated in Hamilton Harbour. Nine rowers were sent to hospital with mild cases of hypothermia and over $50 000 damage was done to equipment – including the loss of three racing shells. Thankfully no one was seriously injured. RegattaSport Co-Owner Joe Camillo was on the water that morning coaching and recounts the morning by saying that “it was absolutely intense. I’m tremendously thankful that we were able to get off the water without incident.” Later that day Camillo had opportunity to speak with Chris Cookson about the storm and the two immediately decided that RegattaSport should step up and offer assistance to the stricken Leander Boat Club. “When something like this happens, you just know it’s the right thing to do,” said Cookson who noted that despite being a life-long member at the St. Catharines Rowing Club, he doesn’t see it as helping out “a rival club. It’s for the kids and all the athletes. We’re really happy to be able to help, especially knowing that the donation will go to good use.” Pictured are (L-R): Chris Cookson, Chantelle Hanley – LBC Head Coach, George Gage – LBC President, and Joe Camillo.