Two-time Olympic medalist and Civil Engineering Technology graduate Brian Price
Coxswain Brian Price guided the men's eight rowers to a silver medal at the London Games. He was also part of the gold-medal team at the 2008 Games in Beijing and fifth at the 2004 games in Athens.
He has been in the boat for three gold medals for Canada’s men’s eight crew at the World Championships - in 2002, 2003 and 2007.
Price took a break from rowing after Beijing and returned to the sport in December 2011, after two years as a motivational speaker. He is a cancer survivor, having fought acute lymphoblastic leukemia from age 7 to 12, which stunted his growth.
Brian Price has been the Canadian coxswain of the Men's Eight since 2001. He was born in Belleville, Ontario. Price began rowing on the National Team in 1998 after graduating from Seneca College with a Civil Engineering Technology diploma.
The first national team crew that he made was the 1998 development lightweight eight. He made the move to the heavyweight men's team in 1999 and competed at the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg.
Price has competed at World Championships in the Eight from 2001-2008, 2011 and has earned three World Championship victories ('02,'03,'07) along with a bronze medal most recently in 2011.
He has doubled up in the Eight and Coxed Pair four times and medaled each time with a bronze. His Men's Eight gold medal victories came in 2002 (Seville, Spain), 2003 (Milan, Italy) and 2007 (Munich, Germany).
His four World Championship Coxed Pair Bronze medals came in 2003, 2006, 2007 & 2011. He also has multiple World Cup medals to his credit, 5 gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze.
Brian is a survivor of childhood cancer, leukemia. He underwent chemotherapy and a harsh drug regime as a child, which played havoc with his thyroid and stunted his growth. This left him smaller than he should have been but the perfect size for a coxswain standing at 5'4" tall and 121 lbs. His favorite saying is "Without having had cancer, I would not have become a World and Olympic Champion."
He met his future wife Robbi Stott of Belleville in September 2000 and they got married on December 11, 2004.
After having lived in Ottawa after the Athen's Olympics for two years, and Robbi becoming a Registered Massage Therapist, they moved back to Victoria so that Brian could train at the Victoria Training Centre full time in March 2007. They still reside there reside now. Robbi has given birth two beautiful baby girls, Brianna Helen on May 31, 2007 and most recently their second daughter, Peyton Victoria on Jan 12, 2010.
Brian is now an Olympic Gold Medalist after dominating the field at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing China.
He won the Men's Eight with team mates Kevin Light, Ben Rutledge, Andrew Byrnes, Jake Wetzel, Malcolm Howard, Dominic Sieterle, Adam Kreek and Kyle Hamilton
Great Britain won the silver while USA finished with Bronze. The Canadian boat stormed out to a lead right from the start with GB and the USA unable to match their immense power.
Brian decided to take two years away from rowing (2009, 2010) and enjoyed a successful career in the speaking industry. His motivational story of Cancer survival to Olympic Champion resonated with everyone from corporate audiences to elementary schools. As much as he enjoyed speaking, he was drawn back to rowing by a young and motivated group of guys on the Canadian National Team. With Mike Spracklen still at the helm of the Heavy Men's Eight, it was the obvious choice to return to the Eight with the aim of defending gold in London 2012.
With 2011 being his first World Championships back in the boat, it proved to be successful one with improvements coming throughout the season. Canada finished 5th at the prestigious Lucerne World Cup Regatta and improved even more with a Bronze medal at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled Slovenia. This finish qualified them for the 2012 Olympics (top 7 qualified) and solidified them a legitimate contenders heading into the games.
He won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the men's eights. His teammates included Malcolm Howard and Andrew Byrnes, with whom he won gold in 2008. The other six were Gabriel Bergen, Jeremiah Brown, Will Crothers, Douglas Csima, Robert Gibson and Conlin McCabe.
Brian has had the opportunity over his 10 year rowing career to address many groups of all sizes, which has allowed him to compile a diverse resume of speaking experiences. He has spoken to elementary and high school students, fellow athletes, small businesses, large corporations, retirees and the elderly.
Since becoming an Olympic Champion, Brian has been able to expand his speaking experience and training, and is currently pursuing a career in motivational speaking. His story as a cancer survivor, along with the role he plays as coxswain of the best Men's Eight in the world, is unique.
While he is not the hulking rower, he is responsible for motivating and leading these eight individuals to work as a cohesive unit, embodying key elements such as team work, perseverance, determination and drive.
He is quickly remembered as the guy who was thrown into the water by his teammates after their Olympic victory. Pursuing goals and reaching dreams are something that everyone can relate to but not everyone has the courage to follow through. Brian is someone who does not let barriers stand in his way and he is always pursuing the next challenge.