Perhaps fueled by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous observation…
No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing,”
pundits frequently extol rowing as “the ultimate teamwork sport.”
On May 11, 2005 Lance Corporal Wesley Davids became the heroic epitome of unselfish teamwork for the Dublin Crew community. Two years before, he had manned the technically crucial seventh seat in the Dublin Crew men’s varsity eight. Then, on his birthday, he gave his life in Iraq combat operations with his Columbus-based Marine reserve unit. As the Dispatch reported, his mother, Jody Davids, was reminded of his passion for rowing when she had last spoken with her son.
She said, “Wes, you sound really great. Are you having a good time?”
“I’m having a great time,” he replied. “I love the guys I’m serving with. I love what I’m doing. We’re really well-trained. The mission is worth it.”
“That defined Wesley in the boat and it defined him as a Marine. He wanted the camaraderie, the team spirit, being part of something bigger than he was,” Jody Davids said.
In honor of Wesley as the tenth anniversary of his death approaches, Dublin Crew’s annual spring season 2000-meter sprint regatta, the Ohio Governor’s Cup, will become the Wesley Davids Memorial Championship Regatta. “Wesley stood for the very best of what our young athletes can take from the sport.” Dublin Crew President Craig Marshall stated. “We want to keep that esprit de corps in the forefront for everyone involved in rowing and the community at large.”