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Bruce Evans

Mosman Rowing Club (NSW)

Bruce was a second generation Mosman rower, his father Fred wasa King's Cup winner in 1929 and his mother Rose was a famous rower and leader in women's rowing in New South Wales. Rose competed five time in the Interstate Championship, winning on four occasions.

Their children Bruce, Stuart and Susan were all outstanding rowers.

Bruce also married well with his wife Helen winning five Interstate Championships, two as the NSW sculler and the other three in the four. Their son Stephen did not disappoint being a World Champion and Olympian.

Fred and Rose Evans wanted to give their children an opportunity with rowing, provided it was at Mosman. They moved suburb and jobs to achieve it. Stuart Evans is quoted in the Mosman Rowing Club Centenary Book Red and White Hoops: " Dad said maybe these two mongrels might row, and if so it must be Mosman."

Soon enough, Bruce, Stuart and their mate from school (and future Olympian), Mick Allen, started rowing. Fred located a few others and before long, they won their first novice race by 10 lengths. After another novice win, they won their first maiden win by 12 seconds. 

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