Originally named the Fredericton Auto and Boat Club, it has existed since the turn of the last century. FRC’s inception was in the early 1980’s and, since then, the club has been home to hundreds of rowers. Many have won competitions at the local, regional, national and international level and, over the past few decades, three rowers have stood out as amongst the very best. Jane Rumball Beijing 2008) and Don Dickison (Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992) were both Olympians and Jill Blois is in the N.B. Sports Hall of Fame. In recognition of their accomplishments, the FRC named three of the club rowing shells after them.
The local/regional scene in the mid 2000s was dominated by Jamie Abbass, who eventually went on to train with the national development team. He competed nationally and internationally at many regattas, including the Rowing World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland in 2013. Also in 2013, Adam Bliss was a winner at The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta (Canada’s premier rowing event) in the lightweight singles division. He also finished 2nd at the Canadian National Championships. Taylor Perry also had a successful 2013 season, capturing three medals, including gold in the men’s single, at the Canada Summer Games. Taylor also placed second at the Canadian Indoor Championships in the under 23 division as well as numerous local and regional titles. Taylor is now on the national under-23 team.