Swimming Mourns Canada National Coach Randy Bennett, Mentor To Ryan Cochrane

Randy Bennett, mentor to Ryan Cochrane, has passed away

Randy Bennett has passed away. The coach and mentor to generations of Canadian swimmers, including Ryan Cochrane, the Olympic and Worlds silver medallist and Commonwealth champion over 1500m freestyle, had been receiving treatment for malignant melanoma

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Randy Bennett has passed away. The coach and mentor to generations of Canadian swimmers, including Ryan Cochrane, the Olympic and Worlds silver medallist and Commonwealth champion over 1500m freestyle, had been receiving treatment for malignant melanoma

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Danjohnrob

I will be sending positive energy to Ryan Cochrane when he competes in Kazan and Rio so he can finally win that elusive gold medal for himself as well as to honor Coach Bennett’s memory!

My sympathy and condolences go out to his family and those who knew hin well.

Tom Rushton

Randy was an inspiration to many of us young Canadian coaches.

I know that he was excited for what many of our club coaches are doing and would want everyone to continue to fight for change towards high performance, and to win for Canada.

AvantSwim

A sad loss for the Victoria swimming community, and Canada swimming in general. Bennett was a premier, innovative and inspiring coach whose talent will be missed and his loss deeply felt both on and off the deck. Condolences to his family and extended aquatic family.

felixdangerpants

Jeepers creepers not a great year for the swimming world……I would love to see Cochrane win a world title, would be an emotional moment just a lot easier said than done.

Shannon Rollason

I always loved discussing swimming with Randy. He had a great mind for the sport, and was thought provoking. My condolences to his family.

Jeremy Duncan

Rip Randy , you were always so welcoming of new coaches at an international level . While being open to sharing your ideas around preparation for High Performance

Chris

Rest in peace, Randy. You were a wonderful coach who inspired a generation of Canadian swimmers, myself included.

Wayne Lomas

Deepest sympathies for Randy’s family, friends and swimming colleagues. I was fortunate to have met Randy in 2001 at the Goodwill Games, and always enjoyed catching up on pool decks around the world…his passion for performance first was one of a kind. VALE!

Jon Rudd

Very sad news indeed – he will be missed on deck the world over

Fred Vergnoux

Nos conversations au bord du bassin étaient un privilège. Tu vas nous manquer Randy, mes condoléances a tes proches

Mary-Ane

Randy was such an energetic character who was so good to the swimming community in Victoria. I’ll never forget the way he would joke around with his swimmers and sometimes push an unsuspecting athlete into the pool at the start of practice! We’ll miss you, Randy!

Stefan

Gonna miss you, buddy.

RC100

Pool deck won’t be the same at high-end Canadian swim meets. Condolences to the Bennett family.

RC100

So devastating. For a team with limited success the past 3 Olympic cycles (other than Brent Hayden), Randy and Ryan were a shining duo that validated Canadian swimming on the global stage.

Swimcan

I remember how Randy would say “gotta have a go on this one” when it was time to get serious in practice and get down to specific times on test sets. He’d also say to “have a go” before prelims when he could tell you were dragging your feet a bit. What a great guy. What a great coach.

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