Brock University hosts this annual regatta for masters athletes for the sixth time this year. In the past, there were few opportunities for masters to race in the early summer. The introduction of this regatta is helping solve this dilemma and hopefully motivate masters to start training earlier in the season. The regatta is named for Tony Biernacki Sr. who was the head coach at Brock University from 1965 to 1980. Tony began women’s rowing at the university level in Ontario with the first women’s crew in 1967. As a young man Tony won the single at the Pan-American Games in 1959. Tony was also very active and successful as a masters rower for many years. In 1985 he won the single, double and quad at the World Masters Regatta in Toronto. For a number of years he was also the world record holder for his age category on the C2 ergometer. Most of the volunteers at this regatta are Brock athletes supporting this masters rowing experience and in turn the regatta supports the Tony Biernacki Scholarship which assists Brock University athletes with their rowing fees. It is the second largest Masters Rowing Regatta in Ontario. The Tony Biernacki Sr. Memorial Regatta attracts more than 250 athletes competing in 40 events with 210 entries in the 1,000 metre sprint races. Being a part of the Trillium Masters Rowing series, 2014 will welcome a two-event series and 2015 will consist of a three race series.
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