Inducted October 13, 1973
Levi “Shotty” Rogers, who spent fifty-eight consecutive summers with the Annual Regatta at historic Quidi Vidi Lake, was born in St. John’s in 1887. Although small in stature, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing only 115 pounds, “Shotty” Rogers’ first five years with the Regatta were as an oarsman. The remaining 53 years were as a coxman where, during his career he steered over three hundred winning crews, a record which has never been equalled or beaten and in all probability never will be.
As a builder Levi “Shotty” Rogers established a legend in the recruiting and training of championship crews for the Regatta. There is hardly a single oarsman who was not influenced either directly or indirectly by “Shotty”. He steered his last championship crew in 1962 with more than fifty years and over three hundred victories to his credit.
In recognition of Levi “Shotty” Rogers’ contributions to Canadian sport, he was inducted, posthumously, into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in the summer of 1973. A suitable recognition for a distinguished sportsman.
Levi “Shotty” Rogers was elected to The Royal St. John’s Regatta Hall of Fame in 1987.