2017 Fan's Choice Awards

Vote for the 2017 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 2017 USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards. After receiving an outpouring of nominations in all categories, USRowing is proud to announce the 2017 masters athlete finalists.

Fans may vote once in each category. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. E.T. on Tuesday, October 24. Awardees will be announced on Wednesday, October 25.

Who can become Athlete of the Year? A male or female rower or coxswain who has achieved extraordinary success in 2017. 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:

Sherman Anderson, Capital Rowing Club/Capital Adaptive Rowing Program

Sherman joined Capital in 2017 as a way to increase his physical fitness, promote social opportunities, and to conquer his fear of the water. Sherman has transitioned over the course of the year from erg-only to a proficient rower in the trunk/arms (PR2) classification. According to his teammates, he is also one of the most friendly, helpful, and appreciative members. He arrives early every practice to assist in the set-up of equipment, is mindful of his teammates and assists them whenever possible. Sherman is always asking how he can help and contributes in any way he can to the greater Capital Rowing Club community, volunteering his time at regattas in a variety of tasks.

Simone Azure, Chicago Rowing Union
Simone has been a master’s rower with Chicago Rowing Union for five years. She was in her 50s when she took a learn to row class with CRU and fell in love with the sport. Since that time, she worked hard to master the art of rowing and has begun mentoring new rowers, even progressing to the point of teaching learn to row classes this season. Within our organization, Simone is the glue that keeps us going. She rises to the occasion no matter what challenge crops up. Simone was chosen by a local club to row with them at this year’s Head of the Charles. In recognition of her hard work and dedication, CRU named one of their 8+ in her honor.

Simon Borchelt, Texas Rowing Center
Simon has been a masters rower at Texas Rowing Center for the past five years, having learned to row in 2012. In 2017, Simon won six gold medals at USRowing Masters Nationals to lead the Texas Rowing Center to winning the first ever Club Points Trophy. An accomplished sculler and sweeper, Simon stroked three winning quads, stroked a winning eight, and rowed in two winning doubles at Masters Nationals. In addition, Simon won both of his events (B double and C double) at the prestigious Henley Masters Regatta in England in July, as well as three Texas State Rowing Championships in April. Overall, Simon’s boats won fifteen of sixteen races this spring and summer in state, national, and international competitions (his boat was second in the one other race).

Jeff Cutler, Malta Boat Club
Winner of every local regatta in Philadelphia, Jeff took 6th in the Head of the Charles lightweight double sculls last year. Also coach at Philadelphia University, he won six national championships at the Masters Nationals in Oak Ridge this year, helping Malta take third in the efficiency point trophy.

Tim Willsallen, Cascadilla Boat Club
Tim has been a very high performing masters single sculler for the last decade. He won the Head of the Charles the last two years in the Men’s Veteran Singles I. In 2017, he won the Men’s Open F single at both the Canadian Henley and the USRowing Masters Nationals. In addition to his athletic achievements, Tim is also the Head Coach of the Cascadilla Boat Club varsity team.

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.

2017 Fan’s Choice – Masters Athlete of the Year

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