2015 Drive for the Podium
Monday June 22nd saw over 175 people gather for a day of
golf, dinner, and celebration of the legacy of Mark Lowry,
the former Executive Director of Sport for the Canadian Olympic
Committee. Through the generosity of sponsors, and attendees,
over $26,000 was raised to support the Mark Lowry Memorial
Sport Excellence Fund.
Over the past ten years, funds have been provided to a number
of worthy sports to help aspiring athletes reach their athletic
goals. The Lowry family will be considering the allocation
of the remaining funds over the coming months. Information
will be posted on this site and through press releases.
The Lowry family wishes to express its sincere gratitude
to all who have supported the tournament over its 10 years,
be that through sponsorship, donations, playing, purchasing
raffle squares or auction items, donating auction items, or
attending one or more dinners. The family is especially indebted
to those who have volunteered their time as a member of the
organizing committee, as helpers on tournament day, as athletes
who have demonstrated their sport so passionately, and as
Olympians and Paralympians who have come to support the day.
You have been part of raising over $250,000
in Mark Lowry's name for a cause that he believed in –
helping put more Canadian athletes on the podium.
Mike Chambers, former COC President receives the $26,000
from Jennifer and Brendan Lowry.
Press release: July 6, 2015
“If we, as a country, wish to maintain a competitive
edge in the world of amateur sport, we must do what
it takes to allow our athletes to have the very best
in all aspects of their training.” (Mark
Final Mark Lowry Drive for the Podium Golf Tournament
for Aspiring Olympians and Paralympians
(Ottawa, July 6, 2015) – An energetic and fun-filled
group of 175 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 Monday, June 22nd at the Stonebridge
Golf Club to honour the late Mark Lowry and raise $26,000
for Olympic and Paralympic podium potential sports.
This was the tenth 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. The 2015 edition was the final
tournament which has raised close to $250,000 over its
CBC Sports veteran on-air announcer Scott Russell
was the emcee for the evening which featured a welcome
from Minister of State (Sport) Bal Gosal, on-course
interviews with golfers, a final Oban scotch toast to
Lowry and closing remarks from former COC president
Mike Chambers. Olympians in attendance included Nancy
Brawley (Diving 1968, 1972), Dan Thompson (swimming
1980), Bill Meyer (Water Polo 1984), Sue Holloway (canoe
1976, 1984, cross country skiing 1976) and Ole Sorensen
(wrestling 1972). World silver and bronze curling medallist
Lisa Weagle was also in attendance.
“Brendan and I are extremely grateful for the
support that so many people have given to this tournament
over the past 10 years”, commented Jennifer Lowry,
Mark’s widow. “You have all contributed
to a legacy that was Mark’s passion and for that
we say thank you and merci.”
Since the beginning funds have 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. In 2013, $20,000
was provided to Speed Skating Canada to help fund the
Mark Lowry Speed Skating Tech Shop
at the Calgary Olympic Oval and in 2015 a contribution
was made to Skate Canada to help fund the VeriSkate
Video Analysis tool.
The Lowry Family will be reviewing potential projects
over the coming months to determine where the next contribution
will be made.
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.
For more information:
2014 Mark Lowry Drive for the Podium
Golf Tournament Raises $23,000
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 23rd at the Stonebridge Golf
and Country Club to honour the late Mark Lowry and raise $23,000
for Olympic podium potential sports. Read the full press
Thank you to all participants, sponsors and supporters!
COC Chief Sport Officer Caroline Assalian receives the $23,000
from Jennifer and Brendan Lowry
2014 Tournament Photo Gallery
Photos of the tournament and dinner are available
Sport Excellence Fund Directs $20,000
to Speed Skating Canada
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.
Mark Mathies and Ian Moss of Speed Skating Canada receive
the cheque to support the Mark Lowry Speed Skating
from the Lowry Family.
2013 Tournament Photo Gallery
Photos of the tournament and dinner are available
2012 DFTP Tournament raises $19,000
The 2012 Drive for the Podium Golf Tournament was a great
success. In addition to raising $19,000 we also raised awareness
for Olympic athletes and their need for additional funding.
Thanks to our sponsors for their ongoing support but most
of all thanks to all who attended and showed their generosity
at the auction tables.
Mike Chambers, COC Past President receives the $19,000 cheque
from Jennifer and Brendan Lowry.
Visit our photo
gallery of the 2012 Tournament.
Three Sports Are Beneficiaries
of $63,900 from the Mark Lowry Memorial Sport Excellence Fund
Jennifer and Brendan Lowry are pleased to announce that
the Lowry family has decided to make contributions totaling
$63,900 to three separate sports in 2011. More...
2011 Drive for the Podium a Huge Success!
Thanks to everyone who took part in the 2011 Mark Lowry Drive
for the Podium Golf Tournament held on June 20th at Stonebridge
Golf and Country Club.
The weather was gorgeous and the 150+ attending had a great
day. Your generosity was exceptional and we raised $21,000
this year, not easy in these challenging financial times.
The proceeds of this tournament are used to assist current
and aspiring Olympic athletes and coaches. Over the past six
years that the tournament has been held over $150,000 has
We were honoured to have former Olympians Alex Baumann (swimming),
Sue Holloway (cross country skiing, canoe/kayak), Alison Korn
(rowing), Ole Sorensen (wrestling) and Scott Cranham (diving)
take part in the day.
Emcee Scott Russell of CBC Sports did his usual wonderful
job at keeping the evening program rolling and the Lowry family
truly appreciates his continued support of the tournament.
Auctioneer Kent Browne also provided his services and helped
raise a significant amount through the live auction.
Thanks go to our many sponsors (see below) and auction prize
donors for their generosity as well. Without them this event
would not be near the success that it is.
Watch this web site for news of where the next contribution
will be made from the Mark Lowry Sport Excellence Fund.
Jennifer and Brendan Lowry present a cheque in the amount
to Jean Dupré, CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee
The Mark Lowry Memorial Sport Excellence Fund was established
as a tribute to Mark Lowry, the Canadian Olympic Committee's
Executive Director of Sport, who passed away on October 22,
If you are unable to join us for the tournament and wish to
support the fund, you can make a donation directly to the
fund by cheque. Please email
us for details.