Leslie Edward Pithie (7 July 1908 – 31 January 1980) was a New Zealand rower who won a bronze medal for his country at the 1938 British Empire Games.
Early life and family
Born at Sawyers Bay near Dunedin on 7 July 1908, Pithie was the son of Frederick Pithie and Margaret Elizabeth Pithie (née Riddell). He was educated at Otago Boys' High School. In 1938, he became engaged to Gwendoline Williams of Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, and the couple married on 27 November 1940 at the Presbyterian church in the Melbourne suburb of Toorak.
A member of the Port Chalmers Rowing Club, Pithie was included in the Otago provincial rowing eight from 1934 to 1937, and was a South Island rowing representative in the eight in 1937. At the 1938 British Empire Games in Sydney, Pithie was the bow in the New Zealand men's eight that won the bronze medal, finishing two lengths behind the second-placed Australian