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15th Annual Western Rowing Gala Dinner
Saturday, March 2, 2019
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Great Hall, Somerville House, Western University

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Please join fellow alumni, current team members, friends and family of the Western Rowing program at the 15th Annual Rowing Gala Dinner for an evening of fun and camaraderie.

This year we are excited to announce that Andy Van Ruyven, BA'77  who participated at the 1977 World Rowing Championships and also in the 1976 Olympic games into our Wall of Excellence. Along with being a top rower at Western University, Andy Van Ruyven  was a member of 8 National Rowing teams from 1970 until 1977. He had several top results at World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympics. In 1975, as stroke of the the cox four  along with fellow Western rower, Phil Monckton, he won a Gold medal at the Pan American Games in Mexico City. In 1976, he was a  member of Canada's best Men's team performance with a 5th place in the 4- at the Montreal Olympics.

We are excited to also present Alexander Kopacz, BESc'13 as our keynote speaker. Alexander was a member of the  2018 Olympic God Medalist of the Two man Bobsled team. This performance was particularly unique as after 4 runs to determine the Olympic champion the Canadian team was tied with the Germans to the 100th of a second of total time and thus the Gold medal was shared. On top of this the Bronze medal team from Latvia was only .05 of a second behind.

Get ready for an evening filled with fun games, an auction, an exciting keynote speech and the opportunity to unite with the individuals who inspired the great memories associated with Western Rowing.

For family and friends of Western rowers and alumni, join us for an opportunity to get insight of what Western rowing is all about.
Please join us for some drinks and appetizers to start off the evening right at the Great Hall at 5:00 p.m.!

Gala tickets are $110.00 for alumni, parents and friends and $75.00 for current students with student ID in advance only. A table of 10 can be purchased for $1000.00.   

Online registration has now closed. Please contact Amber Low  at if you wish to attend the event on Saturday March 2nd. 

Those who purchase tickets before February 25, 2019 will be entered in a draw to win an early-bird prize! All donations for the live and silent auction are appreciated. E-mail Amber Low for more information on how to get involved.

If you require hotel accommodations, we have reserved a block of rooms available at: Park Inn located at 242 Pall Mall St, London, ON. To make your reservations, you can contact the hotel directly at 1-800-561-4574, using the “Western Rowing Alumni” block or you can book online.

Western Alumni is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Please contact us if you have any particular accommodation requirements or require information in an alternate format. 

We are sorry, the deadline for registering for this event online has passed. Please email or call 1-800-258-6896 and press 2 if you are still interested in attending. Please leave your name, email, phone number, the name of your guest and specify which event you will be attending.














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