MIKE SCOTT LEGACY
Rideau's most tireless, passionate, advocate, and the heartbeat of our organization for decades, passed away on September 29, with friends and family at his side.
On a teenage early spring bike ride in 1949, Mike bumped into a couple of friends headed to the Rideau Canoe Club. Mike came along for the ride, and so began a 74-year relationship. Mike competed for Rideau for 11 years, before taking on every volunteer leadership role imaginable for the decades to follow, from Club Commodore to being the lead organizer for the "Nationals" when Rideau played annual host for for 18 straight years. Mike was also a tireless fundraiser, always lobbying Governments to fund building improvements (and docks) and finding ways to keep the Club going.
For the past decade or so, there hasn't been an EOD, Provincials or Nationals Regatta at Rideau where Mike wasn't up on the deck cheering on our Rideau athletes. For every young athlete who raced this year at EODs, Mike was there again this summer watching you represent our Club. He loved seeing the same passion you have for this place - the purple face paint, the "Rideau" cheers - as he had.
The Rideau Canoe Club meant everything to Mike Scott, but our success today as a Club...in fact, that our Club has been around for 121 years...would not have been possible if it were not for Mike. We will miss seeing Mike along the shore....but his spirit lives on in everyone who puts on purple singlet or cheers on a young paddler.
Our Club is Mike's legacy.
Thank you, Mike.
With support from Mike Scott's family, the Mike Scott Legacy Fund has been created to honour the endless contributions Mike Scott made towards the Rideau Canoe Club and the paddling community. The Mike Scott Legacy Fund will be used to support projects that continue to promote the growth and accessibility of our sport for generations to come. If you would like to make a donation to the Rideau Canoe Club towards the Mike Scott Legacy Fund, please use the following link.