ROBERT “BOB” (MICKEY) MACGLASHEN, PADDLER/CANOEIST

  • Type: Athlete
  • Sport(s): Padding & Canoe
  • Year: 2016

ROBERT “BOB” (MICKEY) MACGLASHEN, PADDLER/CANOEIST

Robert “Bob” (Mickey) McGlashen, a native Dartmouthian, was a pioneer in the sport of canoeing in Dartmouth in the 1960s. He produced exceptional results on the water taking on the best that Canada, the United States, and Europe had to offer and he did it without the benefit of little or no coaching. Encouraged by his father, John, a paddling enthusiast, and his brother, Archie his dedication to hard work and practice on Lake Banook made Mickey unique among athletes of his day, and his abilities as a canoeist led to much success and influenced youngsters to take up the sport, especially in the Dartmouth area.

The result was an outstanding success – he competed for Canada on three occasions, in the North American Championships and the President’s Cup Regatta. He competed in 6 races, winning 5 gold medals and a silver, earning the North American championship in both ’63 and ’64. He was an alternate on the ’64 Canadian Olympic team, selected for his wonderful performance in the trials. He finished second in one race, losing by 0.5 metres and tied for first in the second. His personal best was just 15 seconds off the world record.

Perhaps the greatest testament to Mickey’s ability was the assessment provided by Kalmen Blaho of Italy. Blaho had written a book on how to paddle C-1s and came to Dartmouth in 1963 to watch Mickey paddle. He observed and monitored his stopwatch as Mickey raced the 5,000 metres on Lake Banook. Afterward, he indicated that MacGlashen’s stroke rate was the best he had ever seen, 63 strokes per minute for the entire distance. He encouraged Mickey to go to Europe to train but work and his love for Dartmouth kept him here.