Samuel Loch

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Samuel Loch
24 Kings Cups 2013.jpg
James Chapman, Samuel Loch, Matt Ryan and Fergus Pragnell after winning the Kings Cup in 2013. It was the 6th time that each of these athletes won the event.
Personal information
Born (1983-06-26) 26 June 1983 (age 35)
Sydney, Australia
Height186 cm (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight112 kg (247 lb)[2]
College teamPrinceton University
ClubUTS Haberfield Rowing Club

Samuel Loch (born 26 June 1983) is an Australian rower. A dual Olympian and two time bronze medal winner at World Championships, he has set and holds world records in indoor rowing with times set on the Concept 2 rowing machine.


Loch began his rowing at the King's School in Sydney and was in the stroke seat of the school's 2001 First VIII[3] which won 28 races from 28 starts including the AAGPS Head of the River. This crew also contained future Australian senior national rowers Nicholas Hudson and Matt Ryan, and went on to win the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at the 2001 Henley Royal Regatta.

Loch studied and rowed at Princeton University from which he graduated in 2006.[4][5]

Club and state rowing[edit]

Domestically Loch enjoyed great success as a member of the New South Wales King's Cup crew. Loch was a member of the crew in 2008 which defeated holders, Victoria, by just 0.21 seconds[6] in a win that saw New South Wales start their own winning streak from 2008 to 2014 inclusive. Loch recorded six wins in this event from 2008 to 2013. His senior club in Sydney was the UTS Haberfield Rowing Club.

International representative rowing[edit]

Loch made his Australian team debut at the 2007 World Rowing Championships in Munich, Germany. Competing in the Men's Coxless Four, his crew placed 12th.[7]

In 2008 [8] he made his Olympic debut in Beijing, China as part of the Men's Eight crew which placed 6th.[9]

Loch continued internationally in the Men's Eight, with a 7th placing at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland.[10] In 2010 he won his first World Championship medal (Bronze) at the 2010 World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand.[11] Loch moved into the Men's Coxless Four at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia where he also won a Bronze medal.[12]

At the 2012 London Olympic Games,[13] Loch was in the seven seat of the Australian Men's Eight which placed 6th in a thrilling final where all boats finished within a length of each other.[14]

Indoor records[edit]

In 2013, Loch took a break from international competition and during this period set a 24-hour tandem world record on the Concept 2 rowing machine (ergometer) with his King's Cup partner Matt Ryan. The pair covered 380.274 kilometres, maintaining an average split of 1:53.6 per 500 metres. The successful world record attempt was also a fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation and raised almost $20,000 AUD for the charity.[15]

In 2015, Loch placed 2nd at the World Indoor Rowing Championships behind Angel Fournier Rodriguez of Cuba.[16]

Loch is the current world record holder for 1000 metres on the Concept 2 Ski Erg with 2:54.4 set in early 2016.[17] In July 2016, Loch also broke an 11-year-old world record on the Concept 2 Rowing Ergometer for 1000 metres with a time of 2:39.5.[18] In December that year, Loch produced yet another record breaking performance, 'Most Metres Rowed in One Minute' on Concept2 rower, with 425m (a 500m split of 1:10.5).[19]


Loch is married to Frances Abbott, daughter of former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Instagram video by @samloch • March 2, 2017". Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Instagram video by @samloch • May 30, 2016 at 11:16am UTC". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  3. ^ "AAGPS Head of the River, 31 Mar 2001 – Results". Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  4. ^ "London 2012". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Sam Loch – Concept2". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  6. ^ Chris Noel (7 March 2013). "Kings Cup Rowing – short compilation of the last 5 race finishes 2008 – 2012". Retrieved 1 June 2016 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "2007 Munich World Championships – Australian Rowing History". Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Samuel Loch". London 2012. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Olympic Games – Australian Rowing History". Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  10. ^ "World Championships – Australian Rowing History". Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Australian Rowing Team at the 2010 World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand".
  12. ^ "World Championships – Australian Rowing History". Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Samuel Loch Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  14. ^ "2012 London Olympic Games – Australian Rowing History". Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Ryan and Loch Set New 24-Hour Erg Record". Sydney University Boat Club. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  16. ^ "World IRC Results 2015 | Concept2". Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  17. ^ "World Records". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Instagram post by @samloch • Jul 9, 2016 at 9:22am UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Instagram post by @samloch • Dec 14, 2016 at 10:14am UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  20. ^ Dye, Josh (19 November 2017). "Frances Abbott's shock engagement announcement after two-week relationship". Retrieved 19 November 2017 – via The Sydney Morning Herald.