After an outstanding career spanning over three decades, Carol Love announces her departure from Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA).
Her departure brings an end to a memorable era, during which Love made an indelible mark on the sport of rowing in Canada.
Over her extensive coaching career, Love has led many rowers to the podium at all levels of the sport, guided by the principles of care and compassion – most recently coaching the women’s eight to a bronze medal and the 2022 World Rowing Championships and Olympic qualification at World Rowing Championships in 2023.
Off the water, the 1976 Olympian has played an integral role in developing RCA’s next generation of Olympians and coaches. Her commitment to excellence has been instrumental in inspiring and fostering the growth and success of Canadian rowing.
“Carol’s contributions to the sport of rowing in Canada cannot be overstated,” said Adam Parfitt, High Performance Director at RCA. “Carol has always challenged us to be better and do better. She came into the program at such a critical time when trust needed to be rebuilt and she accomplished that. We are deeply grateful for her leadership and the legacy she leaves behind.”
Reflecting on her departure, Love expressed pride and optimism. “I joined the NTC staff when we were navigating through a time of uncertainty and lack of trust,” said Love. “A bronze medal at the World 2022 World Championships, followed by a Henley win over the British and finally qualifying the boat for the 2024 Paris Olympics is where I depart. To put the team back on top of the podium in Paris requires another skill set to lead the way. It is time for me to reclaim the other parts of my life and I am excited for that. My wish is to have left behind a culture where trust, integrity and a caring team of athletes and staff can collaborate, together to achieve success.”
RCA offers our deepest gratitude to Carol Love for her contributions to our sport. We wish her well in her next chapter.