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australian rowers profiles and history

Roger P Blake ASM, AM

Reeconian Rowing Club (TAS) and Ulverstone Rowing Club (TAS)

Roger and his coach (and father) Bob Blake, were trail blazers of adaptive rowing in Australia: Roger as a rower and Bob as a coach and administrator. The annual points score trophy at the National Championships for para rowing is named appropriately the Blake Shield.

Roger competed at two World Championship regattas in adaptive rowing demonstration events. Sadly in both events, there was poor representation given the early stages of the sport. Roger was also a regular and successful competitor at National Rowing Championships.

Roger at the 1993 National Championships in Queensland

In 2023, Roger was honoured with membership of the Order of Australia for this and other sporting activities.

His citation was for significant service to sport as a competitor, administrator and statistician. The details were as follows:

North West Basketball Union, Basketball Tasmania

Devonport Warriors - Devonport Basketball Council Inc.

Rowing Tasmania

Indoor Bowls

Awards and Recognition include:

Andrew Guerin
June 2023


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