Olivia (Liv) Loe began rowing in 2004 at the age of 12 with St Margaret’s College and Avon Rowing Club in Christchurch. Her first New Zealand team was the junior women’s quadruple sculls at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. Liv joined the U23 team in 2011 and represented New Zealand in both sculling and sweeping at U23 level, picking up a bronze in 2012 in the quad and silver in 2014 in the four.
She then represented New Zealand at multiple World Rowing Cup regattas as a women’s reserve before breaking through in 2017 when she gained selection in the elite women’s double sculls with Brooke Donoghue. The two were an instant hit. They were unbeaten in 2017, winning two World Rowing Cup regattas and a Henley Royal Regatta before taking a dominant win at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota. In 2018 Liv was selected again in the same combination, and she and Brooke won two World Rowing Cup golds and picked up a close silver at the World Rowing Championships.
2019 was a year of redemption for Brooke and Liv. Once again selected in the women’s double sculls, the women opted to attend only World Rowing Cup II and Henley before the World Rowing Championships. This paid dividends for them in the end as they made fantastic progress through their races at each regatta, not losing a single one. A World Rowing Championship gold came as a sweet reward for all their hard work. Since first teaming up in 2017, Liv and Brooke have come second in just two races out of 22, winning the rest – the best record in the Rowing NZ team in this Olympic cycle.
Off the water Liv is a real foodie and enjoys travelling and spending time with her friends and family. She is working towards a business degree at Massey University.