Sydney-born Sam Loch completed an Arts degree and rowed at Princeton University before making his debut for the Australian Rowing Team in 2007 as part of the men’s four. Although the four failed to gain initial qualification for the 2008 Beijing Games, Loch was a standout at the Olympic trials and was selected as part of the eight for Beijing that went on to finish in sixth place.
Loch returned as a part of the men’s eight crew at the London Games. The Australian’s claimed second in their heat before going on to earn themselves a spot in the 2012 Olympic final with a fourth place finish in the repechage. The crew finished sixth in a strong field, 3.12 seconds behind gold medallists Germany.