Neil Campbell

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Birthdate  September 3, 1931
Birthplace  Buffalo, NY
Year Inducted 1991
Category Atthlete
Sport Rowing


Neil Campbell was a Canadian Rower, staring his rowing career in St. Catharines in 1952.  Competing at the fours and eights championships in both Canada and the United States, Campbell also competed in two Olympic Games.  In the 1964 Summer Olympic Games Campbell competed in the Coxless Four, and at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games Campbell competed in the Eight with Cox.  He would also regularly with in the Eights at the Royal Canadian Henley and English Royal Henley.  In addition to his own rowing career, in 1967 Campbell became head rowing coach at Ridley College in St. Catharines.  In this coaching position, which he held for over 20 years, he was able to help the rowing team win numerous championships over the years. One of Neil’s greatest coaching achievements was in leading the Canadian Men’s Heavyweight Crew to the gold medal in the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.


  • Rowing: Stroke Man for numerous St. Catharines area rowing crews
  • Coach of Rowing at Ridley College for 20 years


  • Princess Elizabeth Cup Winner in High School
  • Thames Trophy Winner – University
  • Competed in 2 Olympics and Many International Events
  • 1st St. Catharines Athlete of the Year 1968
  • Order of Canada 1981
  • Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame 1987