Vic Olsson

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Vic Olsson
Personal information
Birth nameAndre Victor Olsson
Born(1903-08-28)28 August 1903
Picton, New Zealand
Died3 July 1990(1990-07-03) (aged 86)
Height1.83 m (6 ft)[2]
Weight81 kg (178 lb)[2]
Ivy Ethel Julia Chapman
(m. 1935; died 1968)
CountryNew Zealand
ClubPicton Rowing Club

Andre Victor Olsson (28 August 1903 – 3 July 1990) was a New Zealand rower who won two medals representing his country at the 1930 British Empire Games.

Early life and family[edit]

Born in Picton on 28 August 1903, Olsson was the son of Victor Olsson and Christina Olsson (née McKay).[3] He married Ivy Ethel Julia Chapman on 31 January 1935.[4]


A member of the Picton Rowing Club, Olsson was described as "a rower of tremendous strength and stamina".[2] He was selected in the New Zealand eight for the 1928 Olympic Games, but they did not travel because of insufficient funds.[5]

Competing for New Zealand at the 1930 British Empire Games in Hamilton, Ontario, he won a silver medal as a member of the men's eight that lost to the English crew by three-quarters of a length.[6][7] Also at the Hamilton games, he won the bronze medal in the coxless four, alongside Berry Johnson, Alex Ross and Charles Saunders.[6]

In April 1932, Olsson was named in the New Zealand team to compete at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.[8][9] However, the following month he withdrew, and was replaced by Noel Pope.[10]


Olsson died on 3 July 1990, and he was buried at Picton Cemetery.[11]


  1. ^ Electoral district of Wairau: general roll of persons entitled to vote for Members of Parliament in New Zealand. 1935. p. 130.
  2. ^ a b c "For Empire Games: the oarsmen to get their big opportunity". NZ Truth. 10 April 1930. p. 17. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Birth index: registration number 1903/11299". Births, deaths & marriages online. Department of Internal Affairs. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Marriage index: registration number 1935/8151". Births, deaths & marriages online. Department of Internal Affairs. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  5. ^ "New Zealand's Olympic eights history". New Zealand Herald. 7 August 2015. p. B06.
  6. ^ a b "Victor Olsson". New Zealand Olympic Committee. 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Rowing". Evening Post. 18 October 1930. p. 22. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Eight-oar rowing". New Zealand Herald. 28 March 1932. p. 11. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Olympic Games: New Zealand team". The Press. 13 April 1932. p. 16. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Olympic Games: New Zealand rowing crew". Norther Advocate. 17 May 1932. p. 5. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Cemetery records search". Marlborough District Council. Retrieved 30 May 2017.