Final – 1967 Men’s Four victory at St Catharines
1966 – World Championships – Men’s Eight reserve
1967 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship three seat – Fourth
1967 – USA National Championships – Men’s Coxed Four stroke – Second
1967 – North American Championships – Men’s Coxed Four stroke – First
1967 – European Championships – Men’s Coxed Four stroke – Eighth
1968 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship seven 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 seven seat – First
1970 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship seven seat – First
1970 – World Championships – Men’s Eight seven seat – Fifth
1980 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship emergency
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.
Steve is still excited about what happened. He recalls: “I still think about it, how Freddie took us out of a fairly ordinary Kings Cup eight and made us winners in six months. The only international experience we had really, was Graeme. Our average age would have only been 20”.
Andrew Guerin Sept 2015