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David Patchell-Evans
Born: October 26, 1953
Discipline: Fitness
Years Active: N/A
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David Patchell-Evans

Rowing/Fitness/Builder Founder

The Patchell-Evans File

  • Born in Toronto, October 26, 1953
  • Founder/CEO and Owner of GoodLife Fitness
  • Western University graduate (BA-1977) and Honorary Doctor of Laws degree (2012)
  • During his rowing career, he competed with the Western Rowing Club, London Rowing Club, St. Catharine’s Rowing Club, and Canada’s National Rowing team
  • In 1977 he developed a year-round training program for men’s rowing at Western
  • In 1978 “Patch” was hired as head coach of the Women’s Rowing program at Western where they came in second in the Canada-American Collegiate Championships
  • Patchell-Evans went on to win five Canadian rowing championships at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, competing in double, quad, and eight-man races
  • He trained hard for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow which ultimately were boycotted by Canada and 65 other nations
  • In 1979, he founded GoodLife Fitness with his first club in London; today, there are 375 clubs across Canada with more than 1.3 million members
  • Patchell-Evans is a notable philanthropist having donated over $11.5 million to autism research and the GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub