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One of the most extraordinary programs in the history of the University of British Columbia began in the spring of 1921, when a small group of students, led by World War One British Army veterans Eric Grenville Jones and Cyril Jones, held a meeting to establish the foundations of what became the UBC Rowing Club.

Over 100 years later, UBC Rowing is regarded as one of the most successful programs in the history of the university, but it wasn’t without its challenges. This story is a brief reflection of the past as the program looks to the next 100 years. 


"Our current athletes were really inspired to witness the depth of the program's history first hand and to see what being a Thunderbird over all the years has meant to UBC's rowers."
Mike Pearce
Head Men's Rowing Coach, The University of British Columbia

Documentary Premiere

 – September 15th 2022 – Robert H Lee Alumni Center (UBC) –

The UBC Alumni center was host to the UBC’s Rowing 100-year celebration. After 10 months of planning, pre-production and post-production we finally presented the seventeen-minute documentary to a packed house. UBC’s history is rich and this storied program.

UBC Athletics and Thunderbird Rowing’s Gold for Life alumni committee joined forces to stage an evening of celebration that marked the origins of the varsity rowing program and highlighted a century of achievement by countless UBC rowers. 

Client: Gold for Life Alumni / UBC Rowing

Producer: Atlee James

Director / Editing & Design: Atlee James

Writer / Narrator: Don Wells

History Support: Fred Hume, John Moran, Jason Beck & Michael Sasi