Glen Loftus (89-93)

Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Rowing. Glen Loftus, Anthony Edwards, Simon Burgess and Ben Cureton after winning silver in the mens lightweight four final.

Glen Loftus came to Wesley in Year 8 in 1989 and was a part of the rowing program from Year 10 until his final year in 1993. In Year 10 he rowed in the Year 10 VIII, and in Year 11 he rowed second seat in the 2nd VIII that finished seventh in the Head of the River regatta. In his final year at school Glen was the Captain of Boats, for which he received Colours. He again competed in the 2nd VIII, this time as stroke. Interestingly, he never won a rowing race at school and never rowed in the 1st VIII.

He went on to be a formidable Australian lightweight rower and was a national champion, an U23 world champion and an Olympic silver medallist. In 2000, Glen made his first senior representative appearance, competing at the World Rowing Cup in the lightweight eight. At the 2000 World Rowing Championships in Zagreb, he stroked the Australian lightweight eight to a bronze medal. Following the regatta in Zagreb, Glen was selected as the reserve for the Olympic team competing in Sydney. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Glen rowed in the bow seat of the Australian lightweight coxless four, winning the silver medal.

His international career saw him compete in five World Rowing Cup meets, four World Rowing Championships and two Under 23 World Championship meets. Within Australia, Glen won three Australian national titles at senior level and a Penrith Cup alongside his WA teammates at the Australian Interstate Regatta.

Following retirement from competitive rowing, Glen joined Fremantle Rowing Club as Senior Coach from 2006 until 2011. During this time he was recognised by Rowing WA as Western Australia’s 2010 Club Coach of the Year. In October 2012, Glen was appointed to the board of Rowing WA and was responsible for the advancement of High Performance rowing in Western Australia from 2012 to 2016.

  • Olympic Silver Medallist 2004 (LM4- Athens)
  • World Championship Bronze Medal 2000 (Zagreb)
  • World U23 Championships Gold Medal 1996 (Hazewinkel), Silver in 1997 (Milan)
  • Western Australian Oarsman of the Year 1998, 2001
  • Penrith Cup Champion 2002
  • 3 x Australian National Champion (LM2x 1999, LM2- 2001, 2002)
  • 4 x Australian National U23 Champion (1996 U23LM2-, U23LM4-, 1997 U23M1x, U23LM2x)
  • 8 x Western Australian State Champion (Including M2-, M2x, M4-, M4x, M8+)
  • Western Australian Club Coach of the Year 2010