Frandsen Keeps Contributing

Sunday, October 14, 2012 - By: Joel B, '13

Scott Frandsen, ’98, began rowing at Brentwood in 1996 when he was 16. Since then, his rowing has taken him around the world and set his adult life in motion.

At university, he rowed for four years at The University of California, Berkley. From 2001-2003 he was in their varsity eight which won the IRA National Championship each year and is considered one of the fastest collegiate boats of all time. During this period he also rowed for Canada in the U23 World Championships stroking his crew to a gold medal.

Later, he traveled to Oxford University to do graduate work. There he also competed in the famous Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race winning in the closest race in Boat Race history. Scott then decided that he wanted to compete in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He earned a seat in the Canadian Men’s 8+ which finished 5th.

4 years later, he was at it again, this time in Beijing. In a different boat, the pair, he teamed up with fellow Brentwood graduate, David Calder, ’96 and they won a silver medal for Canada.

After Beijing, Scott and Dave were convinced that they could do one better, so for the next four years they continued training vigorously, fighting for gold. At the 2012 London Games, The Brentwood/Canada pair ran into heavy resistance. The New Zealand pair of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond proved too much of an obstacle to overcome and they ended up in 6th.

On September 23, 2012, Scott returned to where it all started 16 years ago. Thanks to the RBC Hometown Champions program, Scott was able to return to Brentwood and make another huge contribution to the Brentwood rowing program. During the presentation, on behalf of Scott Frandsen, RBC donated $5000 to the Tony Carr Boat Fund which helps buy boats for the Brentwood rowing program allowing future rowers to enjoy and train in top-notch equipment. Clark D said, “The event was a well organized tribute to the efforts of our Olympian athletes.”  Jeff B agrees that “It will affect generations to come and help new up-and-coming Olympians to develop here in the future.”

Scott, along with the legion of Olympic level rowers Brentwood’s rowing program has produced, serves as a role model for today’s rowers. “Scott is a prime example of hard work and dedication paying off. He’s an inspiration for all of us” said current Varsity 8+ stroke Nick R.  Jeff B said “It’s really inspiring that he started in Grade 11 at Brentwood and managed to do so well; he is a Brentwood boy just like us.” Rowers like Scott help the Brentwood rowing program tremendously both through their donations and the example they make for others to follow.

Joel B, ‘13

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