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John Harry

Above – 1967 King’s Cup Crew

1964 – Victorian Public Schools Head of the River – First

1967 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship five seat – Fourth

1967 – Australian National Selection Trials Men’s Coxed Four three seat-Second

1967 – USA National Championships – Men’s Coxed Four three seat – Second

1967 – FISA North American Championships – Men’s Coxed Four three seat – First

1967 – European Championships – Men’s Coxed Four three seat- Eighth

1968 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship five seat – Second

1968 – Olympic Games – Men’s Coxed Four – selected by AARC but rejected by AOF for team size reasons.

1969 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship five seat – First

1970 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship five seat – First

1972 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship five seat – Third

1973 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship four seat – Second

1974 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship four seat – Eliminated in repechage

1983 – Interstate Men’s Youth Eight Championship coach – Second

1983 – Australian Men’s Under 23 Eight Championship coach-First;

1992 – National Regatta Organising Committee Chair.

St Catherines Henley

The 1967 coxed four pictured after winning their Championship

l-r: Hubert Frederico (coach), David Douglas (2), Graeme Boykett (stroke), John Harry (3), Tom Daffy (cox) and Stephen Gillon (bow)

To provide some background to this era, the World Championships for rowing commenced in 1962 and were held every four years until 1974 when they were held annually. In the other years, FISA endorsed other events such as the European Championships to provide racing.

 

In 1967, it endorsed the North American Championships as a FISA event and European crews attended the regatta at the expense of the regatta committee. Australian was represented by several crews including this coxed four from Victoria.  The race was therefore against the best in the world, endorsed by FISA and so the first sweep gold medal won by Australia in such company.

 

John has maintained his interest and commitment to the sport as a competitor, coach, administrator and fundraiser throughout his life whilst pursuing a very successful career as a partner of major national law firm and family commitments. His continuing support of rowing and of his club is admirable.

 

Andrew Guerin Sept 2015

 

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