Ben TeKamp (left) and other coaches with Brockville Rowing Club check a regatta schedule in 1972.
Hendrik William Bernard TeKamp
Born: May 13, 1945
Died: October 12, 2014 (Brockville, Ontario)
Member: Brockville and District Sports Hall of Fame (2005)
Ben TeKamp was a longtime rowing official, serving as a judge at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, as well as at Pan American Games regattas in Puerto Rico in 1979 and Winnipeg in 1999.
TeKamp first served as a FISA (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron) official at the 1975 world championships in Nottingham, England. His final event was the 2010 Commonwealth rowing championships at Welland, Ont.
The official also umpired at Canadian championships and at Royal Canadian Henley regattas, as well as at the 2008 FISA world championships at Linz, Austria.
TeKamp took up the sport as a young man at the Brockville (Ont.) Rowing Club, where he became a coach and president. He served a term as president of the Canadian Amateur Rowing Association (now Rowing Canada Aviron) in 1980.
In 1976, TeKamp was manager of the Canadian Olympic rowing team at the Montreal Olympics.
He was named to the Brockville and District Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
TeKamp served as mayor of Brockville, Ont., for eight years. He was sworn in as mayor just days before the crippling Ice Storm of 1998.