Burns Rowing Club (ACT)
The following citation appears on the Rowing ACT website Life Members page and was extracted on 30th December 2022.
Cliff Hill was elected to Life Membership at the 9th Annual General Meeting on 1 August 1973, recognising his service as an administrator and boat race official.
As President from 1967 to 1973 Cliff faced some of the most difficult issues in establishing rowing, including the hazards presented by the Central/East Basin rowing course and making Yarramundi Reach our long-term regatta venue.
Cliff joined the Burns Rowing Club in the 1964-65 season and became this Club’s representative on the Association. He later joined the Executive as Honorary Assistant Secretary also serving as a Boat Race Official. Cliff was one of the Association’s first group of Boat Race Officials, qualifying in November 1966. He also qualified as a BRO Examiner.
Further to his lengthy service as President of the Association, Cliff played a large part in the formation and participation of the Watson High School Rowing Club. His service to our sport is also recognised through the Cliff Hill Shield for conspicuous service to ACT Rowing, first awarded in 1976. This award has recognised outstanding service by a diverse group of oarsmen, coaches, administrators and boat race officials.