Provincial rowing head coach cheers on former Knowlton club member

Provincial rowing head coach cheers on former Knowlton club member
Gavin McKay with Marilou Duvernay-Tardif, Gabby Smith and Anna Burnotte at a spring training camp in March 2018 at Shawnigan Lake, BC. (Photo : Courtesy of Gavin McKay)

By Michael Boriero
Local Journalism Initiative

Gavin McKay was sitting on the edge of his seat Sunday evening, as he watched one of his former Aviron Knowlton athletes, Gabrielle Smith, book a spot in the final of the women’s double sculls event in Tokyo.
“I was watching, and I was glued to the television. Everything that goes on there, you feel tingles on the back of your neck. You’ve got your heart up in your throat, it’s pretty exciting. I just wish my cheers would pass through the television to Tokyo,” said McKay.
Smith and her teammate Jessica Sevick will compete for gold at 8:18 p.m. Tuesday evening, according to McKay. The 46-year-old told The Record that it was an unforgettable moment, and he knew that if anyone could handle the pressure, it was Smith and Sevick.
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