Marnie McBean, Kathleen Heddle and Frank Read Inducted into the Canadian Rowing Hall of Fame

Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) celebrated the induction of Marnie McBean, Kathleen Heddle and Frank Read to the Canadian Rowing Hall of Fame Inaugural Class at the Vancouver Rowing Club. The announcement of the 2016 inaugural class of the Canadian Rowing Hall of Fame occurred in early July. The Hall of Fame was established to recognize outstanding athletes, coaches and builders who are responsible for the country’s continued excellence in rowing, both nationally and internationally.

For the original announcement, please click here.


Frank Read, during a decade of coaching, came to be known as one of the world’s top rowing coaches and was recently recognized by the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements. A rowing coach at the University of British Columbia, he also supported the Vancouver Rowing Club beginning in 1949.  This partnership yielded multiple accolades and upset victories – including Canada’s first ever Olympic gold medal in rowing in 1956. 


Kathleen Heddle joined the Canadian National Team in 1987, shortly after pursuing the sport while at the Unviersity of British Columbia. Later that year, Heddle competed at the Pan American Games, winning a gold medal in the women’s pair. Over five years, Heddle achieved great success winning eight medals at both the Olympic Games and World Championships, six of those gold. At the 1992 Olympics, she won gold with the pair and eight, coming off of the 1991 as the World Champions in both boat classes. In 1995, Heddle would add a gold in the double sculls and a silver in the coxed four at the World Championships. At the 1996 Olympic Games, she would win gold with the double sculls and a bronze with the quadruple sculls.

She has worked with World Rowing, serving as Chair of the Athletes’ Commission from 2000 to 2001. Heddle has been recognized for her sport achivements including as a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and by FISA with the Thomas Keller Medal.

Marnie McBean is one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians, with three gold medals and a bronze medal from the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. Along with her success at the Olympics, McBean captured eight medals at the World Championships over her career. McBean is one of only two women to have won a medal in all of the open women boat classes; winning gold or silver medals in the single, double, pair, four, quad and eight. In 2002, McBean was recognized by FISA with their highest honour, the Thomas Keller Medal.

She is member, and has been a Governor, of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, a recipient of the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal and was appointed as an Officer to the Order of Canada.

Details regarding CRHF:

The Canadian Rowing Hall of Fame was established in 2015 to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Canadian rowers at the highest levels of the sport, and those whose efforts have contributed directly to those results. These individual stories will serve as inspirations to Canadians and others, and will help to promote the sport and its amazing history.

Individuals or crews can be nominated in the following categories: Athlete (Individual or Crew), Coach and Builder. The Canadian Rowing Hall of Fame Committee will select each year the inductees to be named to the Hall of Fame.