Victoria Nolan

Visually-impaired rower Victoria Nolan and her crew hold two World world Championship championship medals: gold from 2010 and silver from 2011. Nolan was the Argonaut Rowing Club’s Oarswoman of the year in 2011 and Rowing Canada’s Adaptive Athlete of the Year in 2007.

At 18 years old, Nolan was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. After the birth of her two children, her eyesight deteriorated significantly and left her with only three per cent vision. With a desire to be a good role model for her children, Nolan decided to take up a sport. While visiting a local rowing club, she learned about adaptive rowing and tried it out.

A Special Education teacher, she lives with her supportive husband (Eamonn), son (Tarabh) and daughter (Ceilidh). Nolan’s guide dog, Vegas, is an unofficial team member and often travels to regattas.

Nolan holds a Master’s Degree in Child Study and Education; and a H.BSc (Specialist Cognitive Science). She is on the National Board of Directors for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

A featured athlete in the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Super Athletes marketing campaign, Nolan has been nicknamed, “The Metronome.”
Key Results:
2012- 6th, LTA4+, World Cup, Munich, Germany
2011- 2nd, LTA4+, World Championships, Bled, Slovenia
2010 - 1st, LTA4+, World Championships, Karapiro, NZ
2009 - 4th, LTA4+, World Championships, Poznan, Poland
2008 - 6th LTA4+, Beijing Paralympics Games
2007 – 3rd,LTA4+, World Championships, Munich, Germany


Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Rowing Four - Mixed 7
2008 Beijing Paralympics Rowing Four - Mixed 6