John Gilmour Medal caps an oarsome year
THE Curtin University Boat Club continued its successful 2016 at the RAC WA Sports Star Awards on December 12 when it won the Beyond Sport John Gilmour Medal.
The inaugural medal was presented to the club in recognition of its Row Ahead, which incorporates rowing lessons and academic mentoring, giving students from Clontarf Aboriginal College the opportunity to experience the sport while encouraging them to pursue educational opportunities beyond high school.
The rowing club, based at Salter Point, also won the Curtin University Sports Club Excellence Award and the Sports Club Community Award at the Curtin University Sport Awards.
RAC Insurance chief executive John Stringer said the awards aligned with a commitment to giving back to the organisation’s members and the community.
“Sport plays an important role in the community and can help build resilience, foster team work and inspire leaders,” he said.
John Gilmour served in the Australian Infantry Forces and was taken as a prisoner of war in Singapore but overcame eyesight damage due to malnutrition to win numerous long-distance running events.
He founded the first athletics club south of the Swan River and established the WA Marathon Club.
RAC Insurance chief executive John Stringer presents the Beyond Sport John Gilmour Medal to Curtin University Boat Club president Cameron Thorn.