The Nassau Rowing Club was the first rowing club in The Bahamas, formally established in August 2012 to develop the premier competitive rowing program for rowers of all experience, age and fitness levels in The Bahamas.
Our primary goal is to develop a corps of highly technical male and female rowers to contest local and international competitions at the highest levels and to the highest standards.
Though this is our primary goal we know it takes steps to achieve this level of competitiveness. That is why we have developed numerous programs to create opportunities within the Nassau communities. Between our Learn to Row sessions, Master program and Government School program we are hitting a wide audience of potential athletes that are willing to participate in a new sport to The Bahamas.
We aim to build a model community through which rowing can flourish in The Bahamas. Through our loyal members and community we are continuing to build the awareness of this sport within The Bahamas. We boast that every elite Bahamian rower (Emily Morley, William Stanhope and Lex Fountain) have all come from Nassau Rowing Club. They pave the path for our future rowers, through their dedication, hard work and inspiring stories. Our camp has and continues to create a positive learning environment for every person who launches off of our dock. We strive to accommodate all perspective and future athletes with a home of competitiveness, attention to detail and knowledge of not only the sport of rowing, but the sport of rowing in The Bahamas. Lake Cunningham is the definition of rowing in paradise, where we are granted with 2k on the north shore, and 3k on the south shore.
We invite any person who has the desire to try something new, get out on Lake Cunningham or support a sport that can be done by anyone at any age or physical ability.
Board of Directors 2021-2022
Born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas, Kyle learned to row at Vassar College, where he graduated as Men's Rowing Captain in 2010. He was named the All-Bahamas Merit Scholar in 2006, and a Sir John Templeton Memorial Scholar in 2017 for his MBA studies at Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business. He has held membership with the University of Bristol Boat Club (Bristol, United Kingdom), the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (Hong Kong SAR), Club Canottieri Lugano (Lugano, Switzerland), and Duke University Men's Rowing (Durham, North Carolina). He was a founding member of the Nassau Rowing Club; President from its inception in 2012 to 2016, and from 2019 to present.
Dr. Kathryn de Souza
Dr. de Souza is a physician specializing in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, as well as Sports Medicine. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College, and her medical degree from New York Medical College. Dr. de Souza completed her residency training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, where she was chief resident. Dr. de Souza works in private practice at the Sports, Spine and Rehabilitation Centre, and is the Clinical Director of the Rehabilitation Department at Doctors Hospital. She resides in the Bahamas with her husband Pablo, an Anesthesiologist, and her three children. She is an avid runner and rower, having completed 11 marathons and began rowing 3 years ago. She learned how to row through the Nassau Rowing Club Learn to Row program. Dr. de Souza also serves on the Boards of the Bahamas Humane Society and IDEA Relief.
Cynthia Van Wynen
Cynthia moved to the Bahamas with her family in 1979, but did not return home to live full-time until 1998. She attended Pine Crest Preparatory School in Florida and Wesleyan University in Connecticut. After graduation, she moved to live and work in China for three years where she met her husband. For the next ten years, she spent her time between London and China, working with a China consultancy company. Since returning to The Bahamas, she took time off to be a full-time mother and then joined Balducinno Fine Foods as a Manager. She proudly served for many years on the committee of the Nassau Music Society of which she is now Executive Director. Two years ago, Cynthia achieved a 30-year dream: to learn to row!
Michelle Stanhope’s kids have always been involved in various competitive sports and she has witnessed firsthand the tremendous athletic abilities that the youth of the Bahamas possess. Through sons William and Ethan, she realized the positive impact it has on all persons involved on and off the water. She believes rowing is a new avenue leading to endless scholastic and competitive athletic opportunities for all Bahamians to pursue. Lake Cunningham is not only beautiful, but also the perfect venue for rowing in the Bahamas. She is committed to working with Nassau Rowing Club to ensure that more people are made aware of rowing in the Bahamas both locally and internationally and trying to make participation available to as many people as possible in the future. Michelle also sits on the Board of Directors for the Camperdown Equestrian Center.
Director at Large
Born and raised in The Bahamas, Emily learned how to row at The Emma Willard School in Troy, NY when she was 15. She was an NCAA Division III student-athlete and two-time Women’s Rowing Captain at Ithaca College. During her senior year she qualified for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics where she placed 30th in the Women’s Single Sculls, making history as the first Bahamian rower to ever compete in an Olympic Regatta. She was President of the Nassau Rowing Club from 2016 to 2019.
Jasmine Gayle is a parent and active member of the Nassau Rowing Club. Her daughter Breanna has rowed on NRC’s competitive junior squad for two years.
Social & Events Director
Viviane Proffitt has been supporting the Nassau Rowing Club since her daughters started rowing in 2016. As a teacher, she has also led her school's rowing elective in conjunction with NRC. Viviane has been an active supporter of all of our events, including local regattas, team trips to international regattas, social events and fundraisers. She is looking forward to finding innovative ways to organize fundraising and social events during this pandemic, and supporting the logistics of NRC's local regattas and social/fundraising events as soon as we are able to return to normality. She is keen to support NRC's mission to make rowing available to as many people in the Bahamas as possible, and is also excited to explore opportunities related to sports tourism.