Medal Citations: A - G

Don Adam

Legacy Medal 41

Don was the coxswain for the 1950 eight at the Empire Games at Karapiro winning the silver medal. This was his only international race. Don died many years ago, and his medal will be received by his wife, Colleen.

Peter Aitchison

Legacy Medal 62

Peter commenced his rowing career in 1953 competing at the Maadi regatta thereafter, rowing through the grades with great success for the Union Boat club, culminating in the winning of the Champion coxed four in 1958 and the Champion eight in 1959. 

Peter was in the three seat of the Union coxed four coached by the renowned Clarrie Healy which rowed at the British Empire Games in Cardiff in 1958, finishing fourth.

John Alexander

Legacy Medal 142

In the late 1970’s John was the premier single sculler in New Zealand and won the national single sculls title five times between 1975 and 1981. In his first international selection in 1975 he was selected in the Quad sculls boat for the World Championships at Nottingham.

Over the next four years he was selected as the New Zealand single sculls representative at three World Championships. This included the 1978 World Championships at Karapiro, the 1979 World Championships at Bled and the 1981 World Championships at Munich.

In addition, he competed at the West German Championships at Essen in 1979 gaining the bronze medal. 

Graeme Ashby

Legacy Medal 246

Graeme was first selected in the 1994 coxed four to attend the Commonwealth Championships in Ontario, Canada, where they were placed third gaining the bronze medal. The same coxed four then went on to the World Championships in Indianapolis, USA, where they finished in seventh place after winning the B final. In 1995 Graeme was in the double sculls at the World Championships in Tampere, Finland and his international competition rounded out the following year in 1996 at the Olympic Games qualifying regatta at Lucerne, Switzerland, where Graeme was in the eight.

Kerry Ashby

Legacy Medal 39

The second of the Ashby brothers who was in seven seat in the 1950 eight at Karapiro and followed this with selection in 3 seat in the coxed four in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki and then 3 seat in the coxed four at the 1954 Empire Games in Vancouver wining a second silver medal. Kerry was manager of the New Zealand rowing team at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. Kerry was deputy chairman for the 1978 World Rowing championships at Karapiro and was a major contributor to the on-shore facilities at Karapiro after serving time as a regatta official for many years. Kerry died in March 2015 and his medal will be received by his wife, Winkie, who was a swimmer at the 1954 Empire Games in Vancouver.

Murray Ashby

Legacy Medal 37

One of the Ashby brothers who were synonymous in rowing circles, especially Auckland, for many years. Murray was in 5 seat in the 1950 eight and was also in bow seat in the coxed four at the 1954 Empire Games in Vancouver winning a second silver medal. Murray also made a long-standing contribution to the sport in administration and as a regatta official at local regattas in the Auckland and Waikato areas. Murray died some years ago, and his medal will be received by his wife, Romola.

Richard Beaumont

Legacy Medal 336

Richard first represented New Zealand at the 2008 World Championships at Linz, Austria, rowing in the lightweight coxless pair and finished in fourth position in the B final. The following year he was selected in the lightweight coxless four which contested World Cup 2 in Munich, Germany, finishing third in the B final. At World Cup 3 in Lucerne, Switzerland, the crew finished sixth in the B final and at the 2009 World Championships in Poznan, Poland, the crew finished fourth in the C final.

Geoff Benge

Legacy Medal 81
Geoff was in the 1961-62 New Zealand training squad and was a reserve for the eight-oar crew at the 1962 British Commonwealth Games at Perth. 

At the same event he competed in the coxless fours. Earlier in 1961 he was in the five seat of the eight which had a series of test races against Australia in New Zealand winning all three races.

Fiona Bourke

Legacy Medal 363

Fiona was first selected in the New Zealand Rowing team in 2010 as part of the women’s quad that raced at the World Championships at Lake Karapiro. From here, Fi went on to compete at a further four World Championships and the London Olympic Games. 

Fiona spent from 2010 until 2012 in the women’s quad. Over this time the crew achieved a bronze medal at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, which also meant a qualification spot for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 

In 2012 the crew of Sarah Grey, Fiona, Eve Macfarlane and Louise Trappitt won their B final at the London Olympics. 

In 2013 Fi was named in the women’s double alongside Zoe Stevenson. Together the crew won silver at the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju and were crowned World Champions the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam. 

Fi also competed in the women’s single at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette. 

Mark Brownlee

Legacy Medal 92

Mark rowed out of the Avon Rowing Club in Christchurch and was first selected in the national training squad in 1963. From that squad the eight-oar crew were selected for the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo where Mark made his mark!!!

The following year in 1965 Mark was included in the New Zealand squad touring Australia where he featured in all three test races in the winning eight-oar crew and first in two test races in the coxed four.

He returned in 1967 for a similar series of races against Australian crews in New Zealand and this time in the eight was first in all four test races. Mark was selected the following year in the eight for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico where the crew finished fourth.

Melanie Burke

Legacy Medal 294

Melanie was first selected in 2002 in the coxless four at the World Championships in Seville, Spain, where she finished in fourth position. Prior to that event, the crew were also in fourth placing at World Cup 3 in Munich, Germany. The following year , 2003, Melanie was in the coxless four again for the World Championships in Milan, Italy, where they finished fifth. 

Stanley Callagher

Legacy Medal 52

Stanley was the coxswain of the 1954 Empire Games coxed four, which was made up of all West End club members. He won a silver medal, and this was his only international race. Stanley died several years ago, and his medal will be received by his son, Peter.

Liz Cato

Legacy Medal 123

Liz was also a member of the first women’s crew to compete at the World Championships in 1974 in Lucerne, Switzerland. Liz also competed in the FISA Women’s European championships in Brandenburg, East Germany, in the single sculls in 1972 and was coach of the women’s crews competing against Australian states in New Zealand in 1976.

Gil Cawood

Legacy Medal 95

Gil was in the first New Zealand eight to reach an A final at a World Championships in 1966 at Bled. He followed this with gold medal in the eight at 1967 FISA North American Championships, the eight in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico and the eight also at the 1970 World Championships in St Catherine’s winning the bronze medal. He was also involved in the tests against Australia in 1965 and 1967.

Alexander Clark

Legacy Medal 89

Alex Clark was first selected in the 1963-64 New Zealand Rowing eight training squad which was subsequently selected for the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Following this, Alex was selected as reserve for the 1966 eight to the World championships in Bled where the eight made the A final for the first time. After finishing his rowing career, Alex has been a starter and race official for over forty years around Otago and at Lake Ruataniwha.

Warren Cole

Legacy Medal 101

Warren was a member of the gold medal coxed four at the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games then followed this with a bronze medal in the eight at the 1970 World Championships in St Catherine’s. He was also in the coxed four at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich and was manager of the New Zealand rowing teams at the 1977 World Championships in Amsterdam and the 1978 World Championships at Karapiro.

Vicky Colville

Legacy Medal 125

Vicky was coxswain of the first women’s crew to compete at the World Championships in 1974 in Lucerne, Switzerland, in the coxed four and followed this with coxing the women’s four in three test wins against Australian crews in 1975 in Australia.

Ross Collinge

Legacy Medal 102

Ross burst onto the scene first in the 1967 test series against Australia in the coxed four and was in the same boat the next year at the Mexico Olympic Games taking out the gold medal. He was again in the coxed four at the 1970 World Championships in St Catherine’s and in 1971 at the FISA European Championships at Copenhagen. In 1972 he was in the coxless fours claiming silver at the Munich Olympic Games. He returned in 1975 as a member of the eight for the 1975  World Championships in Nottingham claiming a bronze medal.

Ian Corbett

Legacy Medal 159

Ian’s short international season was in 1978 at the World Championships at Karapiro, New Zealand in the quadruple sculls where they finished second in the B final and then followed with the double sculls at the 1981 World Championships in Munich, Germany finishing in third place in the B final.

Colin Cordes

Legacy Medal 72

Colin was stroke of the New Zealand eight oar crew in the 1961 internal test series against Australia winning all three test races. He was in the same seat for the New Zealand eight at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth winning the silver medal.

Bruce Culpan

Legacy Medal 34

Bruce was in 2 seat in the eight at the Empire Games in 1950 and is the only surviving member of the crew still alive. He also went on to stroke the coxed four at the Empire Games in Vancouver in 1954, in another all West End crew, returning with a second silver medal. We welcome Bruce to come forward to receive his medal.

Peter Delaney

Legacy Medal 87

Peter was first selected in the New Zealand eight racing at Tokyo Olympic Games in Tokyo 1964 where they finished in 11thplacing. The following year he was included in the Australia-New Zealand series of races in Australia and was in the eight recording three wins and the coxed four with one win. In 1967 he was selected in the eight for the FISA North American Championships held at St Catherine’s, Canada, where they won the gold medal. This crew also competed at the United States National Championships at Philadelphia, USA, where they also won the gold medal.

Tania Delaney

Legacy Medal 244

Tania won her legacy medal award in 1991 at the World Championships in Vienna, Austria, where she was in the women’s eight. Prior to that, Tania was selected in the Junior eight and coxless four for the test series against Australia in New Zealand in 1990 and followed this with the 1992 Under 23 series against Australia in Australia where she was in the coxless four and again in 1994 the same series this time in the double sculls. 

Simon Dickie

Legacy Medal 104

Simon was coxswain in New Zealand crews for five years from 1968 to 1976 and would be New Zealand’s most successful international coxswain. He coxed the coxed four boat to victory in 1968 Olympic Games when only 17 years old and followed this with  bronze medal in the eight at the 1970 World Championships at St Catherine’s, and gold medals in the eight at the 1971 FISA European Championships in Copenhagen and the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.  He returned to cox the eight in 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal claiming a further bronze medal. He was a medallist at three Olympic Games with two gold and a bronze medal.

Brooke Donoghue

Legacy Medal 422

Brooke found success early in rowing, winning medals in both U17 and U18 single sculls at the North Island Secondary Schools Championships in 2012, and in 2013 placed 5th in the women’s quad at the World Rowing Junior Championships.

Brooke was also a part of the Bronze medal winning U23 women’s quad crew in 2014, and after a successful domestic season went on to win a silver medal at the 2015 World U23 Championships in the double sculls.

In 2016 Brooke Donoghue competed in the women's quad at the Final Qualification regatta in Lucerne. The crew finished third, and missed out on qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by just three seconds. 

2017 saw Brooke move from the women's quadruple sculls in to the women's double scull with Olivia Loe. The two had the perfect international season, winning every race including gold at World Cup II, Henley Royal Regatta, World Cup III, and being crowned World Champions at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

In 2018 Brooke returned to the double, again with Olivia Loe. Brooke & Olivia took Gold at World Cup II and III, and won Silver at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. 

Alistair Dryden

Legacy Medal 70

Alistair began his rowing career at Kings College, Auckland and just two years out of senior school he was selected in the New Zealand eight for the 1962 British Empire Games in Perth, Australia, finishing second for the silver medal. He went on to stroke the Auckland Rowing Club coxed four, which won the New Zealand championship for four successive years from 1963 to 1966. On the way through this crew of four distinguished rowers won the inaugural Prince Philip Cup at Royal Henley regatta in 1963 and was selected as a crew for the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, where they finished second in the B final to rank eight overall. In 1966 Alistair was stroke of both the coxed four and the eight who secured the double at the New Zealand Championships, only the second time this had been done to that date. Alistair returned to international rowing in 1967 in the New Zealand eight which won both the FISA North American Championships at Hamilton, Ontario, and the United States National Championships at Philadelphia, USA, and was also in the coxed four to complete the double at both these Championships. Alistair continued his international rowing by being selected in the New Zealand eight for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, Mexico, where the crew finished in fourth place.  

Murdoch Dryden

Legacy Medal 248

Murdoch was stroke and third member from the Auckland Rowing Club in the coxed four at the 1994 Commonwealth Championships in Ontario, Canada, where they gained the bronze medal from finishing in third place. This same coxed four then went on to the World Championships at Indianapolis, USA, winning the B final and therefore finishing in seventh placing. Murdoch continued to stroke the coxed four at the World Championships the following year in Tampere, Finland, where they finished second, gaining the silver medal. The following year Murdoch competed in the coxless pair at the Olympic Games qualifying regatta but the crew was unplaced.   

Tom Engel

Legacy Medal 40

Tom was stroke of the eight-oar crew at the 1950 Empire Games at Karapiro winning the silver medal. This was his only international race but followed this for many years contributing as a race official in the Auckland and Waikato areas. Tom died many years ago and his medal will be received by club Patron, Max Weston.  

John Gibbons

Legacy Medal 91

John was the second Wellingtonian selected in the 1963-64 New Zealand training squad which went on to compete in the eight-oar event at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964, where John was in the five seat. 

John was also in the eight-oar crew at the 1966 World Championships in Bled, Yugoslavia where the eight made the A final for the first time. 

John returned to the eight-oar crew for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City where they finished fourth.