Mark Lowry Memorial Drive for the Podium Continues To Provide Boost

Mark Lowry Memorial Drive

Mark Lowry Memorial Drive for the Podium Continues To Provide Boost

Lowry Family was pleased to announce that $20,000 will be directed to Speed Skating Canada to help fund the Mark Lowry Speed Skating Tech Shop at the Calgary Olympic Oval.

An energetic and fun-filled group of 160 people made up of sport leaders, high performance coaches and athletes, sponsors, family and friends, as well as members of the Ottawa business community came together on June 17th at the Stonebridge Golf and Country Club to honour the late Mark Lowry and raise $15,000 for Olympic podium potential sports. 



This was the eighth annual edition of the Mark Lowry Drive for the Podium golf tournament, which was first held in 2006 in an effort to raise funds for the Mark Lowry Memorial Sport Excellence Fund which was initiated in Lowry’s memory when he passed away on October 22, 2005 following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. One of Lowry’s greatest legacies was the establishment of the Own the Podium program, designed to increase Canada’s medal haul at the winter and summer Olympic Games. 



To date, over $185,000 has been raised for the fund and $170,000 has been donated to various high performance sport projects or programs designed to give Canadian athletes and coaches a competitive edge over their competitors. These special projects include the Mark Lowry Ergometer Centre for Rowing in Victoria, the Mark Lowry Portable Dry-land Training Area for diving at the Talisman Centre in Calgary, as well as a Dry Land High Performance Centre at the Rideau Canoe Club in Ottawa, the Mark Lowry Sweeping Broom for curling, the Mark Lowry Recovery Room for swimming and for specialized equipment for Paralympic cycling initiatives.

During the post-tournament dinner, the Lowry Family was pleased to announce that $20,000 will be directed to Speed Skating Canada to help fund the Mark Lowry Speed Skating Tech Shop at the Calgary Olympic Oval. The project will include specialized equipment used in the rockering of skate blades that allows speed skaters to optimize performance through precise tuning of their blades leading to enhanced power, control and balance. A symbolic cheque was presented to Mark Mathies, Executive Director, Sport for Speed Skating Canada and to Ian Moss, CEO of Speed Skating Canada. 



A long-time contributor to Canadian sport at both the national and local levels, Mark Lowry was the Executive Director of Sport of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) from 1997 to 2005 and was the Executive Director for Diving Canada (1979 to 1986), Rowing Canada (1986 to 1992), and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (1992 to 1997). During his 25-year career in sport, Mark worked tirelessly to advance the cause of athletes and coaches in Canada and was known for his tremendous passion and infectious enthusiasm. He envisioned and brought to life the Own the Podium program by fostering trust and communication between key stakeholders in Canadian sport. 



The Mark Lowry Drive for the Podium golf tournament is usually held the third Monday in June and features Olympic sport demonstrations by up and coming local athletes, national team athletes, and Olympians.