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Above – interviews of Olympic Champion Michael in 1992

1984 – Interstate Men’s Youth Eight Championship six seat – First

1985 – Trans Tasman Under 23 Series Australian Men’s sweep

1985 – Match des Seniors – Men’s Eight six seat – Silver

1986 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship four seat – First

1986 – World Championships – Men’s Eight Four seat– Gold

1986 – Commonwealth Games – Men’s Eight Four seat– Gold

1986 – Commonwealth Games – Men’s Coxed Four three seat – Bronze

1987 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – First

1987 – World Championships – Men’s Eight – Fourth

1988 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship four seat – First

1988 – Olympic Games – Men’s Eight three seat – Fifth

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

1989 – Interstate Men’s Eight Challenge for the Patten Cup six seat – First

1989 – Interstate Men’s Eight Challenge six seat – First

1990 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – First

1990 – World Championships – Men’s Coxless Four two seat – Gold

1991 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship four seat – First

1991 – World Championships – Men’s Coxless Four two seat – Gold

1992 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – First

1992 – Olympic Games – Men’s Coxless Four two seat – Gold

1993 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship stroke – First

1994 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – First

1995 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship stroke – First

1995 – World Championships – Men’s Coxless Four two seat – Fifth

1996 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – First

1996 – Olympic Games – Men’s Coxless Four stroke – Gold

1998 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship five seat – First

1998 – World Championships – Men’s Coxed Four two seat – Gold

1998 – World Championships – Men’s Coxless Pair bow – Silver

1999 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship five seat – Second

1999 – World Championships – Men’s Eight stroke – Seventh

2000 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship – First

2000 – Olympic Games – Men’s Eight five seat – Silver

2002 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship – First

2003 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship two seat – First

2004 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship five seat – Second

2004 – Olympic Games Men’s Eight seven seat – Bronze

2007 – Thomas Keller Medallist for outstanding contribution to the sport of rowing

2010 – Inducted into the Victorian Rowing Hall of Fame

One of Harry Gordon’s 100 Greatest Olympians

1996 M4- Hebfotos

 

1996 Olympic Champions

One of Australia’s finest oarsmen and one of the most successful Australian sweep oarsman at the Olympic Games. Martin Cross from the UK stated correctly that “McKay’s career cannot be measured in numbers, or summed up by these phrases: aggressively competitive; a crew-maker; hugely respected; innovative; controversial…”. However a few quotes will add to Martin’s quote. Noel Donaldson: “There’s no doubt that he was the greatest rowing competitor that Australia has seen.” Tomkins when asked why he wants to row with Michael: “I want him in a crew with me because I know with Mike we’ll win!” He was an outstanding oarsman and competitor in too many ways to state in a few words.

 

Andrew Guerin Oct 2010

 

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