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Berry Durston OAM

WA Rowing Club then University of Western Australian Boat Club (WA)

Berry first attended the Interstate Championships in 1960 as a 19 years old as the six man of the WA crew. This crew won the King's Cup and was then selected as the eight for the Rome Olympic Games. Berry then competed in five further WA crews with his last in 1971.

Berry got his Australian umpires licence in 1977 and has umpired at every Interstate Championships bar two since then. He has also been a member of the jury at two World Championships and a national technical official at the Sydney Olympic Games. He retired from active umpiring at the Australian level in 2004.

Berry continues to be very active in rowing administration in WA after a long career in both national and WA administration including Presidency of both associations. He is also a life member of both Associations.

Berry in the six seat of the 1960 Olympic Eight

1960 - King's Cup six seat - First

1960 - Olympic Games - Men's eight six seat - eliminated in repechage (aged 19 when selected)

1961 - King's Cup - six seat - Third 

1962 - King's Cup - six seat - Second 

1963 - King's Cup - six seat - Third 

1965 - King's Cup - four seat - Third 

1971 - King's Cup - six seat - Fifth 

1973 – Team manager WA team

1974-79 & 1990-2002 - Councillor for WA on Rowing Australia 

1977 - Life member of AWARA

1979-83 - President Rowing Australia 

1983 - AWARA President

1988+ - Treasurer of AWARA

1990 - World Championships -jury 

1993 - Life member of Rowing Australia 

1994 - World Championships -jury

2000 - Olympic Games - National technical official

2004 – Retired as an active RA umpire

Berry has contributed a huge amount to the sport of rowing particularly in the development of the sport in WA. Whilst his record in administration has been admirable, it has been in the development and support of club rowing where his greatest legacy lies.

Andrew Guerin
March 2005

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