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Aitken, Robert R - Australian Rowing History

Robert R Aitken, MBE

Mercantile Rowing Club (VIC)

Bob has had a distinguished and successful rowing career as an oarsman, coach, selector and administrator. He has made a significant contribution to the sport. He was the first elected President of Rowing Australia. It was during his Presidency that the sport made significant steps forward in addressing the decline of success of Australia in international competition. For example Bob was on the appointment panel for the appointment of Reinhold Batschi in 1979. It was also during his Presidency that rowing withstood the push by Federal Government to withdraw from the Moscow Olympic Games.

Life member of Rowing Australia
Life member Mercantile Rowing Club
Life member of the Victorian Rowing Association.
Past Captain & President of Mercantile Rowing Club
Past President of the Victorian Rowing Association (now Rowing Victoria)

Bob Aitken

Mercantile Rowing Club
1940 - Head of the River Geelong College stroke
1950 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship emergency
1951 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship stroke - Second
1952 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship stroke - First
1953 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship stroke - First
1954 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship selector
1955 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship selector
1955-74 - Vice-President Victorian Rowing Association
1956 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship coach - First
1956 - Olympic Games - Men's Eight coach and sole selector - Bronze
1957 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship selector
1958 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship coach - First
1958 - British Empire & Commonwealth Games grading committee
1959 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship coach - Second
1959-64 - Councillor for Victoria on AARC
1960 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship coach - Third
1962 - President Australian Amateur Rowing Council
1962 - Empire Games - Chairman of the technical committee
1964 - Olympic Games - Grading Committee
1967 - Life member Mercantile Rowing Club
1968 - Olympic Games - Selector
1972 - Olympic Games - Grading Committee
1974-80 - President Victorian Rowing Association
1975-79 - Inaugural Elected President of the Australian Amateur Rowing Council
1976 - Olympic Games Grading & Selection Committee

Andrew Guerin 2010

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