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David Colvin

Above – Bronze medal winning Australian Men’s Eight 1997 World Championships – David Colvin far right of course

1985 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox – First

1986 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox – First

1989 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox – Race not conducted due to a cyclone.

1989 – Interstate Men’s Eight Challenge cox – First

1990 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox – First

1990 – World Championships – Men’s coxed Four cox – Ninth

1991 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox – First

1991 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Eight cox – Fourth

1992 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox – First

1992 – Olympic Games – Men’s Eight cox – Fifth

1993 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox – First

1993 – World Championships – Men’s Eight cox – Fourth

1994 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox – First

1995 – World Championships – Men’s coxed Four cox – Fifth

1996 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox – First

1997 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox – Third

1997 – World Cup (Paris) – Men’s Eight cox – First

1997 – Holland Beker Regatta (Amsterdam) – Men’s Eight cox – First

1997 – Henley Royal Regatta – Grand Challenge Cup – First

1997 – World Championships – Men’s coxed Pair cox – Silver

1997 – World Championships – Men’s Eight cox – Bronze

1998 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox – First

1998 – World Championships – Men’s Eight cox – Sixth

1999 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox – Second

1999 – Awarded Life Membership of Mercantile RC

2000 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox – First

2004 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Quad Championship coach – Third

2006 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Quad Championship coach – First

2007 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Quad Championship coach – Second

2008 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championship (co-coach) – First

2009 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championship (co-coach) – First

2010 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championship (co-coach) – First

2011 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championship (co-coach) – First

2013 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championship (co-coach) – First

2014 – Interstate Women’s Single Scull Championship coach – Third

2015 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Quad Championship (co-coach) – Third

 

1998 VIC 8 Hebfotos

Above – 1998 Victorian King’s Cup winning crew coxed by David

David commenced his rowing in Year 9 at Melbourne Grammar School (1976). Whilst he never managed to cox the MGS 1st VIII, he won the Second VIII at HOR 1979. David joined Banks RC during Year 11 and was coxing their Men’s Senior 8 in his first season. A few years later Chris Dane arrived to coach at Banks bringing many international & state oarsman with him, including Jim Lowe, Ion Popa, Brian Richardson, & John Cumper. This is when his education in rowing really began, with Jim Lowe in the stroke seat for just about every training session as his primary teacher.

In the 1984/85 post Olympic season, the opportunity came to be selected as cox of the Victorian Kings Cup crew for the first time. After losing the Kings Cup seat in 1987, David took the 1987/88 season off for study reasons but returned for the 1988/89 season, this time at Mercantile RC due to a lack of active athletes at Banks RC at the time. This first season at Mercs led to his first selection on an Australian National Team in 1990 and ultimately to the coxswain’s seat in the 1992 Olympic Men’s eight. He has remained at Mercs ever since.

After “retiring” in 1994 due to no longer being able to get down to the 50kg weight limit, in 1995 FISA kindly added 5kg to the weight limit. David was immediately seconded by the 1995 coxed four and the final phase of his career began. While there was not to be another Olympic team selection in 1996 or 2000, his best international year was 1997 when he was able to achieve silver and bronze medal success at the World Championships at Aiguebelette, along with a World Cup win in the Men’s eight as well victory in the Grand Challenge at Henley Royal Regatta.

The 2000 King’s Cup marked his 10th victory in the race & the end of his competitive coxing career, but the beginning of his highly successful involvement in club administration and coach, initially as a four year Club Captain at Mercantile. During one of his years as Captain, he took a year off work to devote his entire energies to that task. He was critical to the success of the introduction of professional coaches at that Club. After two years acting purely as Club Captain, David moved into coaching during 2002/2003 and has remained involved on that front ever since, almost exclusively as a women’s coach.

In summary, David’s contribution to the Club is outstanding, and as mentioned above, was critical to the success of professional coaching at the Club.

 

Andrew Guerin Sept 2015

 

 

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