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Robert Ellard

Like many other sport builders, Bob Ellard began his association with rowing as an athlete, winning gold at the local, provincial, regional and national levels. As a Master athlete, he captured gold at the World Masters Games in 1985.

Ellard's contribution to the sport of rowing in Regina began upon his arrival in 1977. He had previously been active in the Winnipeg Rowing Club. Instrumental in the rebuilding of the Regina Rowing Club, Bob has coached the club every year since 1977 at all levels introductory to elite. His students have included Tony Zasada, Rob Currie, Ellen Gillies and Audrey Mowchenko; all of whom have represented Canada in international competition.

Bob has made countless contributions at the provincial level. In 1978 he established an annual regatta on Wascana Lake - the Regina Sprints Regatta - organizing and running the event for over 10 years. Since 1988, Bob has worked to develop the Regina Rowing Club Masters Program, making the sport accessible to a wider range of people and also founded the Canadian Masters Summer Sports Festival. While President of the Saskatchewan Rowing Association, a post he held three times, he was a founder of the Prairie Rowing Association. As Chair of the Saskatchewan Technical Committee, Ellard developed the basic training approach for athletes at the provincial level and was the Saskatchewan coach at four Western Canada Summer Games (1979-1990) and three Jeux Canada Games.

Nationally, Bob was elected to the executive of the Rowing Canada Aviron (R.C.A.) in 1982 and has contributed to its Board for over 14 years, serving as President in 1986/87. Ellard has served as an 'A' Director for the Canadian Olympic Association from 1990 to 1993 and was responsible for Canada's rowing team at the 1984 Olympics. As Chair of the Technical Committee for the R.C.A. he developed a technical plan to improve the competitive performance of our national teams and the results can be seen in the progressively improving results of Canadian rowers at the Olympic Games. Bob was named Technical Advisor for the Jeux Canada Games in 1985 and 1989 and was instrumental in establishing High Performance Training Centres in London, Ontario and Victoria, B.C.. Internationally, Bob has represented Canada at the FISA (Federation Internationale Society d'Aviron) Congress and four World Championships.

Recognition of Bob Ellard's enormous contribution to Saskatchewan and Canadian rowing have included the Sask Sport Volunteer of the Year award in 1988 and the following Rowing Canada Aviron awards: 1981 Coach of the Year; 1988 Executive of the Year; 1988 Centennial Medal; 1989 President's Award and the 1990 Award of Merit.

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Anthony Zasada

Tony was 16 years-old when he first wandered down to the Regina Rowing Club on Wascana Lake. While offering a humorous word, he always gave everything in training and competition. Unquestionably, he gained the respect of his fellow oarsmen and demonstrated significant leadership in his local club, being President in 1980 and Vice-President in 1981.

Tony became a skilled oarsman; his awards and achievements reflect this. He won a gold in the 1981 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in the Open Coxed Four event. In the 1982 Canadian University Championships, his crews were first in the Men's Eight and Men's Four with Coxswain. Also in 1982, he gained a gold in Junior Pair at the Canadian Henley. In 1983, he placed first in the Coxed Four at the Canadian University Championships. Internationally, Tony earned a gold in Junior Four with Cox and Junior Double competing in the 1980 Northwest International Rowing Championships. He returned the next year and placed first in the Junior Pair, Senior Pair and Open Quad. In the 1983 San Diego Crew Classic, he finished second in the University Men's Eight and at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela, he was part of the Men's Eight Team which brought home a bronze for Canada. Tony was probably best known for his superb finish in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. As the first Saskatchewan oarsman to participate in the Olympics, Tony placed fifth in the Coxed Pair with his partner Harold Backer and Coxswain Tan Barkley.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum on June 15, 1991.

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