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Al Morrow
Born: December 28, 1949, Hamilton, Ontario
Discipline: Rowing
Years Active: 1987 - present
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Celebrated coach of the national women’s rowing program and key player in the development of Canada’s Eastern high performance centre in London where the women train. All told, he has rowed or coached in seven Olympic Games in addition to Pan-Am, Commonwealth and World Student Games.
Born in Hamilton on December 28th , 1949 , he is now in his 36 th year as a competitor and coach. Since 1987 he has led numerous crews to medals including three Olympic golds by Marnie McBean and Kathleen Heddle in the 1992 Games in Barcelona . His protégés have won 24 world and Olympic medals since 1991.
Morrow was named the 1999 FISA coach of the year by the International Rowing Federation, topping a long list of citations and awards. In 1994 he received the Meritorious Service Award from the Canadian government.
He is also active as an organizer and consultant of high school, provincial and international regattas. As a competitor he rowed with Canada ‘s team in 1976 and joined the national program as an assistant coach at the University of British Columbia . He was also university coach at Victoria and UWO when the women’s team won 11 titles in 14 years.
Al was recently elected to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame making him a member of seven different halls.