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Welcome to Burnaby Lake Rowing Club

Herb Challier

Herb passed away on June 30th, 2020.  He had a long history with Burnaby Lake: As an athlete he rowed on the lake in the early 1960’s. In the early 1970’s he contributed to the development of the rowing course and pavilion for the 1973 Canada Summer Games and in the 2010’s he was back helping the club develop the infrastructure for regatta’s once again made possible by the dredging program in 2011.  In between he served on the boards of Rowing BC, and the Canadian Amateur Rowing Association (now Rowing Canada Aviron).  He was also a dedicated umpire at local, national and international rowing regattas.  For those of us that knew him, his jovial attitude and prowess as a storyteller will be missed.  The Burnaby Lake Rowing Club has lost a great friend and supporter.  Please read his short biography to learn additional details about his life.

Kathleen Heddle


Burnaby Lake Rowing Club Mourns the Passing of Honourary Life Member Kathleen Heddle. BLRC became Kathleen’s home club after she graduated from UBC and her stint with their varsity rowing program. She started seriously getting into sculling on Burnaby lake after the Pan Am games in 1988. By the time she became a regular at the lake she already had a gold medal from those Pan Games in the women’s pair. While much of her rowing career was spent training at sites away from Vancouver with the National Team, when she was in Vancouver she trained at the lake and was coached by Dick McClure and Terry Neal. She is one of Canada’s most accomplished rowers having won 3 Olympic Gold medals (W2X, W2- and W8+) and one Bronze medal (W4X) as a member of Canada’s Team in Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta (1996). She also won 5 gold medals, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal at World Championships between 1991 and 1995. Kathleen and her rowing partner Marnie McBean had the honour of carrying the Canadian flag at the closing ceremonies of the Atlanta Games. In 1999 she was awarded the Thomas Keller Medal by FISA in recognition of her outstanding success, her technical skill and sportsmanship on and off the water. Our deepest sympathy to her husband Mike Brayden and children Lyndsey and Mac.
More about Kathleen can be found here: Rowing Canada Memorial