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Martin Tomanovits

1963 VIC 8 trainingv2Martin Tomanovits in seven seat of 1963 King’s Cup crew

At top of page, 1962 winning Australian Commonwealth Games eight – Martin in 7 seat

1960 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship three seat – Third

1961 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship four seat – First

1962 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship five seat – First

1962 – British Empire & Commonwealth Games – Men’s Eight seven seat – Gold

1962 – World Championships – Men’s Eight seven seat – Fifth

1963 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship seven seat – First

1964 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship seven seat – First

1964 – Olympic Games – Men’s Eight seven seat – Eighth

1965 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship three seat –Second

1966 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship seven seat – First

1966 – World Championships – Men’s Eight seven seat – Tenth

1966 – National Championship Men’s coxed pair coach – First

1967 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship stroke – Fourth

1975 – National Championship Men’s Lightweight eight coach – First

1976 – National Championship Men’s Lightweight four coach – First

1976 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship coach – First

 

Martin Tomanovits was introduced to the sport of rowing in his native Hungary. In 1956, at 16 years of age, on his own, and with no English, Marty fled the Soviet Union’s invasion of his homeland, and found his way to Australia. His passion for rowing remained with him: in Melbourne, he joined Mercantile Rowing Club the following year, and enjoyed success there as an oarsman. He also coached for many years, and was well known for his unique and colourful way with words, as well as his high standards. Marty loved rowing all his life. He believed it was the finest sport in existence, and that a good crew on the water was poetry in motion. His home was decorated with photos of good times with good rowing friends, and trophies from his competitive days. His kids fondly remember ‘slide night’, when Marty would bring out glorious Kodak slides from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. His son and two nephews followed him into the sport.

1964 M8 visiting the Orianav2

 

Martin far left on tour as part of 1964 Olympic team

 

Andrew Guerin October 2011

 

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