Along with the late H.B. Burgoyne, Bill Burgoyne and Ted Nelson, Benny Newman was key to making the transition of St.Catharines from just another Rowing City to the Canadian Headquarters for Schoolboy Rowing and the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta plus two World Rowing Championships. As President of the Rowing Club in the 1950’s they purchased Reid Island using their own monies. After incorporating they built a bridge to the Island. In 1930 he was the first president of the Royal Canadian Henley Aquatics Association. Henley Island was acquired and Club and Shellhouses built. In 1967, North American Rowing Championships were held with a deficit in finances resulting. In 1970 World Rowing championships were held with a resulting profit that took care of previous deficits.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
- St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame 1999