2018 Schuylkill Navy Annual Awards Banquet at Philadelphia Canoe Club
This year's banquet was at The Philadelphia Canoe Club. The presenter was Maurice Scott. Maurice Scott Jr. grew up in the Mt. Airy/West Oak Lane part of Philadelphia. He started rowing competitively in 2010 with Philadelphia City Rowing (PCR). That same season Maurice’s boat placed first in the City Championships in the Men's novice 8. In the summer preceding his senior year, he was recruited by the U.S Naval Academy Lightweight Rowing Program making him the first Division 1 recruit PCR has had. During Maurice’s PCR senior season, he was in the varsity 4 which placed 4th at regionals and 6th at the City Championship. After graduating, Maurice attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School. Although eligible to move on to Annapolis, due to a misdiagnosis that was never corrected, he was only allowed to graduate, not go to Annapolis. Despite that extreme heart-break, he found his way back to the sport of rowing. In 2015 Maurice went overseas to the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He was the first ever African American to row for that Club/University. Maurice was chosen to represent the University at the University Games in the Men's 8 and Lightweight 4. There he received a number of wins including an Edward Trickett Championship title in the 4X, winning by .66 of a second. Maurice has since been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer along with PCR highlighting his achievements. He is a past member of Undine Barge Club with high aspirations to one day represent the United States at the Olympic Games.