Barney Williams (rower)

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Barney Williams
Personal information
Full nameBarney Guillermo Williams
BornMarch 13, 1977 (1977-03-13) (age 46)
San Martín de los Andes, Argentina
Spouse(s)Buffy-Lynne Williams
Medal record
Men's rowing
Representing  Canada
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens Men's coxless four

Barney Guillermo Williams (born March 13, 1977) is a Canadian rower who won a gold medal at the 2003 world championships in Milan and a silver in the same event at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[1] He also has two wins and a second in the four in Rowing World Cup events. On April 18, 2021, Barney resigned from his position as head coach of the University of Victoria's women's varsity rowing program in mutual agreement with the athletic department. After several reports of demeaning and aggressive behaviour towards student athletes, Rowing Canada ruled he violated their code of conduct as well as the National Coaching Certification Program code of ethics. He was sanctioned with a 12-month ban from all Rowing Canada activities on April 20, 2021.[2]

Biographical details[edit]

Born in the Argentine city of San Martín de los Andes, Williams was educated at Upper Canada College, the University of Victoria and then at Jesus College, University of Oxford where he was President of the Oxford University Boat Club. He studied at the University of Oxford from 2004 to 2006, completing a Diploma in Legal Studies and an MSc in Management Research. He rowed in the winning Blue Boat in the 2005 Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race and was the president of the victorious Oxford crew in the 2006 Boat Race.[3] He is married to the Canadian rower Buffy-Lynne Williams, who won bronze in the women's eight at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney Australia, and placed fourth in the women's pair at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens Greece.


Olympic Games[edit]

World Championships[edit]

  • 2003 – Gold, Coxless Four (with Jake Wetzel, Thomas Herschmiller, Cameron Baerg)


  1. ^ "Oxonian Olympians". University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 20 September 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Rowing Canada sanctions former head coach of U of Victoria varsity women's team". CBC. 20 April 2021. Retrieved 7 December 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Dheensaw, Cleve (4 March 2013). "Victoria's Howard looks to stroke Oxford to victory in Boat Race". Victoria Times-Colonist. Retrieved 30 March 2013.

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