Canadian Expat Marc Daemen Sets record at International Rowing Regatta
Congratulations to Canadian Expat
member Marc Daemen who recently won a rowing event at the Head of the Charles
(HOCR), the world's largest 2-day regatta in Boston, Massachusetts. Unlike
Olympic, World Championship and National Championship regatta distances (2000
meters), the HOCR is a 3-mile "head" race where boats race against the clock
single file on the river each starting at 10 second intervals in each event. The
HOCR has 55 events and approximately 9000 competitors ranging in age from 14 to
85. It is the premier Fall regatta with international entries from 28 countries
including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and several European nations.
Participants include 60 Olympians from the London Games. Near 2000 boats raced
Marc was born in Montréal in 1956 and lived
there until being recruited by the Baltimore firm Gaudreau, Inc. in 1998. A
graduate of McGill (School of Architecture), Marc's worked for a number of firms
in Montréal as well as the CBC.
In the past, he was a downhill ski
instructor in the Laurentians for 19 years, ran 10 marathons (8 times Montréal)
and completed 4 triathlons. He started rowing at the Olympic Basin in 1983 and
has raced in numerous National Championship (US and Canada, Open and Masters),
FISA World Masters regattas, and The Royal Canadian Henley. In 2012 alone, in
August, he won 2 gold and 2 bronze medals at the US Masters Championships and 2
Gold and a Silver at the Canadian Masters Championships.