Legacy Medal 51
Tristan rowed for the Wairau club winning red coats in the single in 1949 and the coxed four in 1954. He was President and a Life Member of the club and also of the Marlborough Rowing Association, being a delegate to the NZARA AGM for many years. Tris was President of the Women’s Rowing Association prior to affiliating with the New Zealand Amateur Rowing Association and was a very active regatta official holding licence number 24, taking on the role of examiner for many years. He was regarded as the unofficial captain of the Maadi camp rowing club but was shipped to Italy before the regatta at which Youssef Baghat presented a special cup, now a significant trophy in Secondary School Rowing. Tris regularly travelled to Ruataniwha with Charlie Saunders to assist with the new rowing course design.
Tris rowed in the single at the 1950 Auckland Empire Games at Lake Karapiro.
Legacy Medal 76
Keith and his crewmates joined the Oamaru rowing club at similar times and went through the various age groups together. But it was after some successful pairs rowing that they were put into a four together (Keith was in the three seat) and went on to win the Gold medal in the coxed four at the 1962 British and Commonwealth Empire games.
Legacy Medal 36
Grahame was in 4 seat in the eight at the 1950 Empire Games at Karapiro and following his retirement from rowing devoted the rest of his life towards administrating the sport in the Auckland area. He was a constant companion and contributor to the course development at Karapiro and particularly for the 1978 World Rowing championships. For many years he was secretary of the Auckland Rowing Association. Grahame died some years ago and his medal will be received by his daughter, Linda.
Legacy Medal 103
Our first dual Olympic rowing champion winning gold in 1968 Mexico Olympic Games in the coxed four and again in 1972 Munich Olympic Games in the eight. He was also in the eight winning the FISA European Championships in Copenhagen in 1971. In addition he was a member of the New Zealand teams in competition with Australia in 1967, the US National Championships in 1970 and other major regattas in Europe in 1971.
Legacy Medal 97
Tom gained selection in the three seat in the eight for the 1967 FISA North American Championships at St Catherine’s, Canada, winning the gold medal.
He was also in the same crew which went onto the United States National Championships in Philadelphia where the crew was placed first.
In 1967 Tom was in the eight at three seat again for the series against Australia, held in New Zealand, winning all four test races and went onto the Olympic Games eight at Mexico City in 1968 in two seat finishing fourth.
Legacy medal number 172
George was first named to represent New Zealand in 1982 when he was selected in the men’s eight and won gold at his first ever World Rowing Championships. This was backed up the following year when the men’s eight crew defended their world title, winning gold at the 1983 World Rowing Championships in Duisberg. The crew attended the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles where they came 4th.
George continued in the men’s eight for the following three years where they competed at the 1985 World Rowing Championships in Hazewinkel and 1987 World Rowing Championships in Copenhagen.
1988 saw George switch to the men’s coxed four where he competed at the Seoul Olympic Games where the crew won bronze behind East Germany and Romania.
Legacy Medal 67
Mike first came into the New Zealand eight crew in 1961 for the internal test series against Australia and followed this with selection in the 1962 Commonwealth Games Perth eight in 3 seat winning the silver medal.
Legacy Medal 371
Jessica joined the New Zealand Junior team in 2006, placing fifth in the World Rowing Junior Championships in the women’s four.
Jessica was a part of the U23 women’s four in 2008 and 2009, with her crew taking Bronze in Racice World Rowing U23 Championships.
In 2010 Jess part of the New Zealand women’s eight who competed in the World Rowing Championships held at Lake Karapiro, placing second in the B final.
In 2011 Jess returned to the U23 team and won Silver in the women’s eight, before returning to the Elite team, competing in the women’s eight for the 2013 international season.
Legacy Medal 423
Selected in the 2010 New Zealand Junior team, Olivia’s earliest success was at the 2012 World Rowing U23 Championships where her crew won Bronze in the women’s quad. In 2014 Olivia was selected into the women’s four who won silver at the World Rowing U23 Championships.
Olivia was selected into the New Zealand Elite team in 2015, making her biggest impression in 2017 with a perfect international season, winning every race including gold at World Rowing Cup II, III and the World Rowing Championships alongside Brooke Donoghue. Olivia and Brooke’s 2017 winning streak also included the Henley Royal Regatta.
In 2018 Olivia returned to the double, again with Brooke Donoghue. Olivia and Brooke took Gold at World Cup II and III, and won Silver at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, coached by James Coote.
Legacy Medal 121
A member of the first women’s crew to compete at the World Championships in 1974 at Lucerne, Switzerland. Robyn was also in the coxed four who took part in an Australian tour in 1975 and then was in the eight and coxed four when Australian State crews came to New Zealand in 1976. Following that Robyn was in the coxed four to compete against Australian State crews in Australia 1977. At the 1978 World Championships at Lake Karapiro, Robyn was in the coxless pair finishing in sixth place.
Legacy Medal 247
Chris was the second member of the Auckland Rowing club selected in the coxed four for the Commonwealth Championships in 1994 at Ontario, Canada, where they gained the bronze medal for finishing third. This same four went onto the World Championships in Indianapolis, USA, in the same year and finished in seventh placing after winning the B final. The following year Chris was again in the coxed four at the World Championships in Tampere, Finland, where they won the silver medal finishing in second place. In 1996 Chris was in the eight which competed at the Olympic Games qualifying regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland, failing to qualify for the Olympic Games but Chris was added to the Olympic team for Atlanta, USA, as a reserve for the coxless four.
Legacy Medal 94
Starting his rowing career at Kings College, Auckland, Peter continued to row at the Auckland Rowing Club after leaving school. In 1963 he was a member of the Auckland Rowing Club coxed four which won the New Zealand Championships and continued to win this event for the next four years in succession including the coxed four and eight double in 1966, just the second time this had been done at the same Championships to that date. In 1963 this same coxed four competed at the Royal Henley Regatta and won the inaugural race for the Prince Philip Cup.
His first international competition came at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, in 1964 in the same Auckland club coxed four finishing second in the B final to rank eight overall. In 1966 Peter was selected in the New Zealand eight for the World Championships in Bled, Yugoslavia. The crew made the A final for the first time for a New Zealand eight and finished in sixth place.
Lesley Milne (Keys)
Legacy Medal 122
Lesley was also a member of the first women’s crew to compete at the World Championships in 1974 in Lucerne, Switzerland. Prior to this Lesley was in the coxed four at the Australian Women’s Championship in 1970 at Brisbane where they were the winners and again in 1973 at the same championships in Geelong. Following her rowing career Lesley became active as an administrator and was the team manager in 1975 for the women’s tour to Australia and in 1986 was the Junior team manager. Since then Lesley has had a distinguished career in rowing including serving on the 1978 World Championships organising committee at Lake Karapiro and was the first women President of Rowing New Zealand for two years in 2007-2009.
Legacy Medal 85
David first represented New Zealand at the 1964 FISA European Championships at Amsterdam in the double sculls finishing in 11th position. This was an attempt to impress the Olympic Games selectors for selection to the Tokyo Olympic Games which was not successful. In 1965 he was in the double sculls for a test series against Australia, winning the first test race, and then in 1970 was selected in the coxless pair for the World Championships at St Catherine's, Canada, finishing in 11th position. He also competed at the US national championships in 1970.