Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) would like to extend its condolences to the family and friends of Lorne Loomer, who passed away on January 1, 2017. Loomer, a native of Nelson, B.C., was a member of the first Canadian crew to win an Olympic gold medal in rowing. Coached by Frank Read, he competed in the men’s four at the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games alongside Don Arnold, Walter D’hondt and Archie MacKinnon. Loomer was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1957. He also competed at the British Commonwealth Games in Wales where he won a gold medal with the men’s eight and was an alternate for the Rome 1960 Olympic Games. Loomer was a founder and the first coach of the rowing program at the University of Victoria where his leadership supported and developed the next generation of rowers.
Loomer is remembered as an accomplished athlete, whether rowing at the University of British Columbia or representing Canada internationally. But most importantly, his incredible contributions and dedication to Canadian rowing at the university and community level will resonate with generations of rowers for years to come.