The General Clinton Canoe Regatta Hall of Fame will induct their 10th Hall of Fame Class during the 61st General Clinton Canoe Regatta, held May 26-28 in Bainbridge.
The inductees are scheduled to be honored at General Clinton Park on Saturday, May 28. Hall of Fame ceremonies will be held at 1 p.m. under the Main Entertainment tent at General Clinton Park.
Introducing the Class of 2023 and a brief overview of their accomplishments:
Holly Crouch (Sherburne) 38 finishes in the 70 miler ties her for first all-time among women. A true trailblazer, Holly started women's C-1 after paddling in the open men's division for three years. Recorded a number of Top 3 placings in C-1 and C-2 women's events and was in the inaugural C-4 mixed race. Has several top 3 national finishes.
Alec Davis (Balston Lake) Claims 10 wins among his 28 finishes, all ten with partner Roger Henry. Finished in top three several times at US Nationals. Started Schenectady Area time trials and also has helped many new paddlers learn competitive canoe racing.
Roger Henry (Rexford) Teamed with with Alec Davis for 10 wins within his 28 completed races following years of relays. Set time record in the 75-age group. Unofficial record (with Davis) of longest tenured tandem in General Clinton history with 26 finishes.
Terry Kent (Ithaca) National caliber pro paddler whose solo Regatta accomplishments feature six C-1 championships won and several runner-up finishes in 14 total races. During his sprint-canoe career, Terry competed in three Summer Olympics in the K-2 100 meter event, peaking at 4th place at the Los Angeles Games in 1984. Has also served as venue announcer at various Winter and Summer Olympics.
Ray Darling (Guilford) Has been coordinator of the traditional Ham Radio operators who have offered their monitoring services for safety purposes since 1967. Assumed coordinator status in1969 and is still active today - mainly at the finish line. Led crews of 50+ during 1970s-80; present day crews number around 20. Member of Chenango Valley Amateur Radio Association for nearly 60 years.
Gary & Tracy Smith (Bainbridge) One of two sets of spouses to be General Chairmen (Dick & Jean Davies also served), yet always approached their leadership roles as a team. Tracy took charge in 1993 after a dozen years at the Chamber food booth, while Gary had a three-year reign from 1999-2001 in addition to years in the Rotary booth. Devised a volunteer worksheet for efficiency. Made Regatta Weekend a family affair.
-Information from Greg Davie, Hall of Fame Chairman