Malcolm Howard burst onto the international rowing scene in 2003 by winning the under 23 World Championships in the heavyweight 8 category. Malcolm has been one of the powerhouses of the Canadian National Rowing Team. That’s what happens when you train as hard as he does, stand 6’6″ and weigh close to 260lbs. Based out of Victoria, B.C. he has gone on to win numerous other World Championships and a Gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In fact, he has so much power that he snaps bike cranks on a regular basis.
Most recently Malcolm took gold in the men’s singles race at the National Rowing Championships in London, Ont.
“7SYSTEMS has really helped keep my health in top form so I could come to the National Rowing Championships in top form this year. It’s been a tough year for me after cracking my ribs. So not getting sick as I quickly tried to get back into rowing shape has been paramount. The great thing is that 7SYSTEMS co-founder Jasper Blake has also been helping me with my general conditioning with some fantastic bike rides around Victoria. It’s great being recognized with my selection for the PRO TEAM!”
Malcolm is focused on winning at the 2012 London Olympics.
7 Questions from 7SYSTEMS
1. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your sporting career?
MH: Winning gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics!
2. What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
MH: “Be persistent.” Harry Parker. Not a man for many words, be persistant was often the whole pre-race talk from our coach Harry when I was racing for Harvard University. A legendary figure in collegiate athletics, Harry was a master putting a lot of meaning in very few words.
3. What motivates you to get up every day and kick your own ass?
MH: My motivation is always to get stronger and faster. On those miserable days when I want to stay in bed, I remind myself that we train in any weather because we know our competition will stay indoors when it gets too cold or windy out.
4. Who is the person you look up to most and why?
MH: Jasper Blake. No really…I have always looked up to Silken Laumann. I have heard many stories about her determination and perseverance in her training and racing. She came back from several difficult injuries to still compete and race at a very high level. Not only that, she trained under my coach, Mike Spracklen, a grueling taskmaster who trains his athletes harder then anyone else in the world.
5. If you were stranded on an island what book would you want to have with you?
MH: Lord of the Rings, not just because it is so long.
6. What’s your favorite unhealthy snack?
MH: Mom’s homemade cookies, so good that you can’t only have one, or three, or four…
7. What is the best restaurant you’ve ever been too and what did you eat there?
MH: So many to choose from, but recently, I would have to say Camille’s in Victoria BC. We had the Chef’s tasting menu which was excellent, amazing seafood and beef fillet all in one meal.