Brentwood’s London Olympic Sphere: Digging Deeper Than Malcolm, David and Scott?

Thursday, August 02, 2012 -

Photo credit (Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail)

While we celebrate Malcolm Howard’s Silver medal in the Men’s 8+ and anticipate David Calder and Scott Frandsen’s performance in the final of the Men’s Pair on Friday, these three Brentwood graduates are not the only members of the Brentwood family distinguishing themselves on Canada’s National Rowing Team at Eton-Dorney.

Siblings Lauren (Women’s 8+) and Michael (Men’s 4-) Wilkinson are the children of David Wilkinson, Brentwood Class of 1971. David rowed in the Varsity 8+ at Brentwood and then went on to UBC and Canada’s National Rowing Team in the late 1970s. David missed the boycotted 1980 Olympics but, we can imagine, is thrilled to see his children doing so well at the London Games. David is currently Director of the Clean Energy Research Centre at the University of British Columbia.

After logging the fastest time in the heats, Lauren’s Women’s 8+ earned a Silver medal this morning while the USA, undefeated since 2005, won the Gold. Having survived the heat and repechage, Michael’s 4- will rowed its semifinal today, finishing 5th. They will race in the B final on Saturday.

In yet another, albeit quirky, chapter of the Brentwood rowing story of the 2012 London Games, Michael’s crewmate William Dean has a BCRC connection and lists Brentwood as his home club. Though William never attended Brentwood, our Senior Boys Coach, Mr. Brian Carr, identified William as a remarkable talent at the Monster Erg when William was in Grade 12. Based on his fitness scores, Brian assisted William, who had never rowed, to earn rowing scholarship offers from the University of Washington and the University of California at Berkley.

Not to be outshone, Brentwood graduate Clifton Murray, a member of the Canadian Tenors, performed the national anthem at Canada House this week.

Congratulations all!

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