The Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee,
It is North America’s oldest annual sporting event, rich in history and tradition. People from all ages come from all corners of the map to take in the excitement of the Royal St. John’s Regatta. But, behind the scenes, a team of tireless volunteers is responsible for each and every detail of the event which attracts more than 50,000 visitors each year. For 198 years, volunteers have given their time and talent to ensuring not only the success of the Regatta, but the sport of rowing in Newfoundland and Labrador. Through the development of learn to row programs, events such as the Indoor Rowing Challenge in partnership with the Canadian Forces, and the planning of a new Fall Regatta, volunteers are contributing to the development of sport, increasing community engagement and growing opportunities for physical activity amongst the population. For their 198-year-old untiring commitment to sport and social development in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee has earned their place in the Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2016.