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Don MacKenzie

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDonald Ross "Don"•MacKenzie
Used nameDon•MacKenzie
Born30 December 1874 in Toronto, Ontario (CAN)
Died12 November 1925 in Toronto, Ontario (CAN)
AffiliationsArgonaut Rowing Club, Toronto (CAN)
NOC Canada


Donald MacKenzie joined the Argonaut Rowing Club of Toronto in the 1890s and spent well over a decade competing for them on the national and international scenes. One of his earliest successes came in 1899, when he came in third in the junior single sculls at the Championship Regatta of the Canadian Association of Amateur Oarsmen. By 1903 he had switched to the coxed eights and was a member of the winning crew at Canada’s Henley Royal Regatta. His success eventually led him to be selected for the 1904 Summer Olympics where, alongside Alan Bailey, Phil Boyd, Thomas Loudon, Pat Reiffenstein, Colonel Rice, George Strange, William Wadsworth, and Joe Wright, Sr., he lost to the Vesper Boat Club of the United States in the final of the coxed eights. As there were only two teams in the event, however, Canada earned a silver medal. MacKenzie continued to row for the Argonauts after the Olympics and captured the coxless fours and eights titles at the 1905 edition of Canada’s Henley Royal Regatta.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Rowing CAN Don MacKenzie
Coxed Eights, Men (Olympic) Toronto Argonauts 2 Silver


DOB previously given 5 October 1879.

Research notes

Name given as J. H. Mackenzie by Philadelphia Inquirer 1904 when publishing Olympic entries.

There were two MacKenzies who competed for the Toronto Argonuats, Donald R. and Jim M. (also seen as Jim H. and Jim W.):

Created: Taavi Kalju at January 06, 2010 10:22, Last edited: Paul Tchir at July 23, 2013 13:26