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Darcy Marquardt

2017 |


Part of Darcy's inspiration was watching Elizabeth Manley's silver medal performance on TV during the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games. Darcy has used her sporting success to motivate and inspire others to be their best.

Richmond Roots Darcy grew up in Richmond where she attended Whiteside Elementary and McRoberts Secondary. As an active, child Darcy was involved with softball, figure skating and cosom hockey. Swimming lessons led to becoming a lifeguard in Richmond, and in 1997 she worked at the opening day of Watermania

Did You Know Darcy is married to two-time Canadian Olympic swimmer Richard Hortness. Together they have three children.

Barriers Overcome Darcy moved to Ontario to train three times a day, six days a week at the National Training Centre. She did not make the team the first year, but persevered, and the following year won a medal at the World Championships.


Recognition Darcy has had an outstanding career and has been recognized at all levels. From winning the University of Victoria's 1999 Rowing Rookie of the Year award as a freshman, to being nominated twice (in 2006 and 2012) for the Canadian Sports Team of the Year. She also received the Richmond Sports Awards Sportsperson of the Year in 2006.

All Awards

1999 University of Victoria Rowing Rookie of the Year Individual Award  
2001 University of Victoria Team of the Year Women’s Pairs with Rachelle deJon  
2004 Richmond Sports Awards Senior Athlete of the Year Richmond Sports Awards  
2006 Richmond Sports Awards Sportsperson of the Year Richmond Sports Awards  
2008 Richmond Sports Awards Senior Athlete of the Year Richmond Sports Awards  
2012 Richmond Sports Awards Senior Athlete of the Year Richmond Sports Awards  


2004 4th in the Women’s Pairs Athens Olympic Games  
2008 4th in the Women’s Eight Beijing Olympic Games  
2010 Inducted in the McRoberts Secondary Hall of Fame  


Career Stats

YearTeam / OrganizationHighlight
1998-2003 University of Victoria Varsity Team 2000-2003, Team Captain 2001-2003, Women’s Henley Champions 2000, Great Britain Canadian University Rowing Champions, 2001, 2002  
2002-2013 Canadian National Team National champion women’s pairs: 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011. World Cup: 14-time medallist World Championships: 5-time medallist (2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011) Olympic silver medial in women’s eight  

Contribution to Richmond Sport Darcy has been a KidSport ambassador since 2009. She was Rowing Canada's female athlete representative from 2005 to 2012, and on the Rowing BC's Board of Directors from 2014 to 2016. She is a former "Esteem Team" motivational speaker.

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