AJAs 2018 Finalists


Slug/Label A Stirling Legacy
Date Aired or Published July 31, 2018
Media outlet where first aired or published: NTV News
Name of Program: The NTV Evening Newshour
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Location: St. John's
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Running time (TV/Radio): 4:14

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

Kim Stirling never won a rowing championship. She rowed for only several years in the 1970s but her name is now synonymous with North America's oldest-running sporting event. Her name resonates with every female rower in this province. Kim was tragically killed in a car accident in October of 1977. Her passing devastated an entire rowing community. Prior to her tragic death, she once asked her mom why there was no women's trophy. After all, there was a men's trophy to hoist each year. In 1979, to help preserve Kim's name, her grieving mom and dad offered a trophy in their daughter's name. They hoped it would inspire other females to row in the event. Last summer, in the 200th anniversary of the event, the Kim Stirling Memorial Trophy was handed out for the 40th straight year. Kim's name is now part of the Regatta. In fact, women now dominate the event with 70 of the 100 crews being female. Despite dying as a teenager, Kim always knew where she wanted to be buried. She now rests at a cemetery adjacent to Quidi Vidi Lake, exactly in line with the finish line at the Royal St. John's Regatta. Kim is there in spirit each and every year. In this story, we speak with Kim's mom Joyce who, for the first time in many years, talks about her daughter's legacy. Kim's dad, Geoff, is a Canadian media icon but he always said the greatest loss in his life was Kim. He carried the pain of her loss until his own death in 2013, at age 92.

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NTV reporter Mark Dwyer and cameraman Tony Barrington spoke with Kim's mom and dug through archival footage (even a part we never knew existed) to package this story. We also spoke with one of the greatest female athletes to row in the Regatta.

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