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Tom Daffy

Above – 1967 King’s Cup crew

1965 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox – Second

1966 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox – First

1966 – World Championships – Men’s Eight cox – Tenth

1967 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox – Fourth

1967 – USA National Championships – Men’s Coxed Four cox – Second

1967 – North American Championships – Men’s Coxed Four cox – First

1967 – European Championships – Men’s Coxed Four cox – Eighth

1968 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship cox – Second

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

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.

 

Andrew Guerin Sept 2015

 

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