Simcoe man representing Canada at regatta in England

Officer Cadet Ethan Lockie, a native of Simcoe, works on his technique during early morning practice in Kingston as part of the Canadian Armed Forces rowing crew in preparation for the Henley Royal taking place in England this week. Submitted/MCpl Rod Doucet, CFB Kingston

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A Simcoe native will be representing Canada at the Henley Royal Regatta held in England from July 3 to 7.

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forced have put together a team of eight rowers and one coxswain comprised of officer cadets and recent graduates of the Royal Military College of Canada.

Officer Cadet Ethan Lockie from Simcoe is one of the eight rowers chosen to attend.

Lockie is now in his third year of his honours history degree at the college, and has been on the rowing team for just over a year.

The Henley Royal Regatta is an international competition that has run annually since 1839, minus the years of the First and Second World Wars.

“I’m most looking forward to the chance to represent Canada. This is the highest level of competition I’ve ever been able to participate in,” said Lockie. “Also, the historical value of this trip, to row in honour of the First World War veterans who rowed in the same seat I’ll be rowing in 100 years ago.”

In 1919 following the First World War, the race for the Kings Cup took place, a rowing competition between military crews from Canada, Australia, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This race will be the 100-year anniversary of The King’s Cup.

Lockie graduated from Holy Trinity Catholic High School in 2016 before heading to Kingston to study history at the Royal Military College of Canada.

While Lockie was at Holy Trinity he played on the school’s football and rugby teams. Outside of school he played soccer and hockey.

In Lockie’s Grade 12 year he was a member of the 56th Field Artillery Regiment in Simcoe.

“I joined the summer after Grade 11, and then throughout Grade 12 I was a reservist, and then I applied and switched over to the Royal Military College,” he said.

He has high praise for the history program at RMC.

“The highlights of my history career is the personal level that is available at RMC for studying because there is such a low student to teacher ratio, especially in my department,” said Lockie. “I’ve been able to create connections and bonds with my professors and it’s really helped me in my learning.”

 

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