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Australian Rowing History
Hick, Bruce - Australian Rowing History

Bruce Hick OAM

Canberra Rowing Club (ACT)

 

1984 - Trans Tasman Under 23 Series Australian Men's Scull

1985 - Trans Tasman Under 23 Series Australian Men's sculling

1985 - Match des Seniors - Men's Double Scull stroke - Fourth

1987 - Interstate Men's Lightweight Four Championship bow - First

1987 - World Championships - Men's Lightweight Eight six seat - Eighth

1988 - Interstate Men's Lightweight Four Championship two seat - Second

1988 - World Championships - Men's Lightweight Four three seat - Sixth

1990 - World Championships - Men's Lightweight Quad Scull three seat - Bronze

1991 - Interstate Men's Sculling Championship - Fourth

1991 - World Championships - Men's Lightweight Quad Scull three seat - Gold

1992 - Interstate Men's Sculling Championship - Sixth

1992 - World Championships - Men's Lightweight Double Scull stroke - Gold

1993 - Interstate Men's Sculling Championship - Third

1993 - World Championships - Men's Lightweight Double Scull stroke - Gold

1994 - World Championships - Men's Lightweight Four two seat - Silver

1995 - Interstate Men's Lightweight Four Championship bow - Third

1995 - World Championships - Men's Lightweight Double Scull stroke - Bronze

1996 - Olympic Games - Men's Lightweight Double Scull stroke - Bronze

1997 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship - First

1998 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship four seat - Fourth

1998 - World Championships - Men's Lightweight Double Scull stroke - Twelfth

1999 - World Championships - Men's Lightweight Double Scull bow - Silver

2000 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship - Second

2000 - Olympic Games - Men's Lightweight Double Scull stroke - Seventh

Bruce married fellow rowing Olympian Kay Fry, cox of the 1996 Women's Eight.

Bruce was one of the most respected lightweight rowers in Australia - a great oarsman, professional in approach, enduring, humble and friendly. His results are outstanding.

 

The following profile has been extracted from ACT Sports Hall of Fame website upon his induction.

 

Bruce Hick came to Canberra in the early 1980's in the pursuit of greater rowing and sculling opportunities. It was during his time as a member of the Canberra Rowing Club that Bruce received his first chance to further his rowing career by attaining a scholarship with the ACT Academy of Sport and the Australian Institute of Sport.

At the interstate level, Bruce was part of the crew that won the Penrith Cup in 1987 and was also included in the Territory Eight that stunned the rowing world by winning the coveted King's Cup a decade later.

Representing his country for the first time, Bruce won bronze in the lightweight quad sculls at the 1990 World Championships, only to return to win gold in the Championships the following year.

Bruce and his fellow quad member Gary Lynagh won consecutive gold medals at the World Championships in 1992 and 1993, and silver in the lightweight coxless fours at the 1994 World Championships in Indianapolis.

The success continued, with a bronze in the lightweight double sculls at the 1995 World Championships, and a bronze in the same event at the Atlanta Olympic Games the following year. With a momentary break to start a family, Bruce won his final World Championship medal in 1999.


Bruce in 1999 still winning World Championship medals

 

Bruce was ranked in the pantheon of Australia's rowing and sculling вЂgreats' by the time he had retired at the conclusion of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. He had achieved Olympic and Commonwealth Games glory along with an impressive World Championship record in a career spanning 25 years.

In recognition of Bruce's achievements he was awarded the OAM and was acclaimed the 1991 ACT Sportstar of the Year for his rowing achievements, a clear indication of the respect he has obtained within the ACT his for his sporting prowess.

ROWING

Born: 20 August 1963

Inducted: 2004

Full Member


 

Compiled by Andrew Guerin, Jan 2018

 

 

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