Neville - Elworthy Men’s Rowing Equipment Endowment

John Neville graduated from the University of Victoria in 1969, at the age of 20, with a BA in Political Science. John was not only a member of the rowing team but played a significant role in establishing the program.

In the summer prior to attending UVic, John approached Mr. H.B. Elworthy to ask him for a donation to buy some equipment for the crew that would surely follow. Mr. Elworthy liked the vision and redirected some funds intended for university entry gates and founded the fledgling rowing program, which flourished under the guidance of Olympian, Lorne Loomer.

The success of this request created untold opportunities for young men and women to internalize the traditions of discipline and excellence so deeply embedded in the fabric of this sport.

After graduating from UVic, John went on to study at Stanford University and received an MBA in 1975.

John Neville owns the Comox Valley Marina and has over 40 years of senior management and executive experience in shipping, aerospace and telecommunications. Throughout his career, John travelled extensively and lived and worked on four different continents. 

John has established the John Neville Rowing Equipment Fund to help sustain the future of the Vikes Rowing Program.

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