Samantha, daughter of Purvis and Martha McDougall, excelled in more temperate sports than her parents. Her achievements occurred on water rather than ice. While a student at Ridley she distinguished herself as a rower, winning double gold as stroke of our Eight and Four crews at the Schoolboy Championships. She was also captain of the Field Hockey team and earned a nomination as Ridley’s Female Athlete of the Year.
Upon graduation, Samantha headed to McGill University, where she made significant contributions to the success of their rowing team, winning three university championships and finishing as the stroke for the women’s eight. She also represented provincially at the Quebec Summer Games, winning in the four and the pair. After university, she gave back to the sport, coaching rowing at Selwyn House and Lower Canada College, helping to build their respective programs. Samantha has competed in numerous triathlons—finishing in third place at the international event held in Taiwan—as well as multiple road races, marathons and ski marathons—many of which, she notes proudly, she competed in alongside her father.
Her greatest sporting memory is "finishing the New York City Marathon—the crowd and enthusiasm at the event were outstanding!”