2016 Fan's Choice Awards

Vote for the 2016 Masters Athlete of the Year

USRowing maintains a long tradition of rewarding excellence in rowing. Following a year of unprecedented achievement, the rowing community put forth strong nominees for the 2016 USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards. After receiving an outpouring of nominations in all categories, USRowing is proud to announce the 2016 masters athlete finalists.

Fans may vote once in each category. Voting closes at midnight E.T. on Monday, October 17. Awardees will be announced on Wednesday, October 19.

Who can become Athlete of the Year? A male or female rower or coxswain who has achieved extraordinary success in 2016. Success may be defined as an outstanding performance, having a breakout year, perseverance in spite of difficult odds, consistently strong performance, outstanding service off the water, or a combination of the above or other worthy measures.


About the Finalists:

Roger Borggaard, Cambridge Boat Club

Cambridge Boat Club’s Roger Borggaard set a world record at the 2016 CRASH-B’s erg competition in the Veteran Men 70-74 in a time of (6:52.1). The year was also full of medals as Borggaard brought home 14 gold medals between the USRowing Masters Nationals and the World Rowing Masters Regatta.

Karin Constant, Vesper Boat Club

As a founding member of Vesper Boat Club’s women’s program, Karin Constant was instrumental in the early growth of women’s rowing and racing in the U.S. in the early 1970s. Nearly 40 years later, Constant is still dominating the race course – winning nine gold medals this summer.

Ernest Cook, Riverside Boat Club

Ernest Cook of Riverside Boat Club brought home medals in three events at this year’s Canadian Henley, making it his fourth year in a row. On Lake Quinsigamond at the USRowing Masters Nationals, he also won gold, silver and bronze in three different coxed fours.

Hugh Gallagher, Philadelphia Adaptive Rowing

Using rowing as his personal refuge, Philadelphia Adaptive Rowing’s Hugh Gallagher has been brain damaged since June of 2000. Despite the setbacks, Hugh works out two hours every day and the work has paid off with a silver medal in the legs trunk and arms double sculls at this year’s Bayada Regatta.

Kristin Miller, Minneapolis Rowing Club

A member of the Minneapolis Rowing Club, Kristin Miller is the co-founder of the North Star Community Rowing, a club dedicated to adaptive rowers and underprivileged youth rowers. On the racecourse, Miller and her crew finished second in the women’s overall team competition at the 2016 USRowing Masters National Championships and competed at the World Rowing Masters Regatta. Miller also serves as the commodore for the St. Croix Rowing Club.


Award voting is intended to be one vote per person from among the extended rowing community and their family and friends; in the event of electronic, hired, or other similar ballot-stuffing attempts, affected votes may be deleted and nominees potentially disqualified.

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