Rob Weitemeyer (VC'00)
Rob Weitemeyer (VC’00), a Varsity Football Player and Rower, is an Olympian and a practising physician. A Vancouver native, Rob has traveled all over the world in pursuit of his academic and athletic care
Upon graduating from VC, Rob went to UBC and was the first of four VC grads who have competed on the national rowing team. Even though the VC rowers did not meet all the time, the bond of their brotherhood remained strong.
His strive and talent did not go unnoticed. In 2003 Rob won a gold medal in the mens 8+ at the under-23 World Championship in Belgrade, Serbia. The following year he was an alternate for the 2004 Athens Olympic Team and won silver in the mens 4+ at the World Championships in Banyoles, Spain. In 2005, Rob won another silver World Championship medal in the 4- in Gifu, Japan. Following his national team career he returned to being a student-athlete, attending the University of Cambridge, where he studied Molecular Biology at St. Edmund's College and raced two Oxford-Cambridge Boat Races; losing in 2009, and winning in 2010. Attending Cambridge at St Edmund's College was a comfort while far from home as "Eddies" is the only Catholic college at Cambridge, and its redbrick architecture is a splitting image of VC.
As Rob prepared for medical school he came back to Vancouver and worked at VC as a Rowing Coach. Mike Lattimer, whom he coached with, asked if he would be interested in the Teaching Assistant position. He took the opportunity and worked at VC as both the Rowing Coach and the Teaching Assistant for a year in 2010. It was a humbling and rewarding experience for him returning to the school ten years after graduation.
"It was long enough that you are different, but short enough that the building and staff are still the same."
The Irish spirit carried forward as Rob got accepted into the University of Limerick Medical School in Ireland. Rob completed his medical training in Regina in 2015, and is now working as a rural family doctor in northern Saskatchewan. In a few months he will leave for Fernie, BC with his wife, Kim, and his newborn baby girl, Rosalind to set up a permanent practice there while doing some skiing and biking.
Rob left behind VC a legacy of faith and character. He supports the VC Alumni Corridor because his father, Rudy Weitemeyer (VC’62), gave to the Blessed Edmund Rice Hall when Rob was still a student at VC. He wants to give back, just like his father did, because Vancouver College led him to a world of opportunities.