Michael Broderick

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A Founding Father of the West Side Rowing Club

It’s difficult to be a legend. However, that is exactly what Mike Broderick is in the world of amateur rowing in Western New York. An Irish immigrant, Mr. Broderick found his way to Buffalo over 100 years ago and, in 1912, became one of the “Founding Fathers” of the West Side Rowing Club. His influence was so great that, two years after establishing the club, he was elected president, a role he would hold until his death 37 years later. In fact, the office of President was retired after Mike passed away in 1951.

Few have made such long-lasting and visible contributions to their passions than Mike Broderick. He led the club through the Great Depression and two world wars. He inspired many future leaders in WNY via his vision, leadership, dedication and commitment to the area’s youth. Under Mike, the West Side Rowing Club, became, and still is, one of the most respected rowing clubs in the world.

Mike used his recognition as President of WSRC to manage the United States Rowing Team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He was only the second American to receive life membership in the Canadian Rowing Association and the Broderick Plate is the most prestigious annual award distributed by WSRC. He was enshrined in the national Rowing Hall of Fame in 1983.

Mike Broderick, a man dedicated to excellence.