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Rob A Jones

Yarra Yarra Rowing Club (VIC)

Father of fellow Yarra member Yolanda Jones

McVilly-Pearce pin awarded for representing Australia in the 1966 world championships.

1966 Australian crew training on the Yarra - Rob in six seat

Joined 1964/65 

Committee 1988/89, 1989/90, 1992/93

Vice president 1990/91, 1991/92

Treasurer 1992/93

Life member 1996/97 as a tribute to his coaching skills with 2 crews winning national titles in 1992.


1964 - Victorian championships, senior four (2)

1964 - Henley regattasenior four (2)

1964 - Barwon regattasenior four (2) and Senior four coxless (2)

1964 - Colac regattasenior four (2)

1964 - M R C Championship 2 1/2 mileopen eight (6)

1966 - Kings cup Hobartsenior eight (6)

1988 - Wentworth regattawomen’s novice pair (coach)

1988 - Metropolitan regattawomen’s novice pair (coach)

1988 - Barwon regattawomen’s junior pair (coach)

1988 - Wendouree Ballarat regattawomen’s junior pair (coach)

1988 - Warrnambool regatta woman’s novice pair (coach)

1988 - Nagambie regattawomen’s intermediate four (coach)

1989 - Scotch Mercantile regattacomposite women’s junior four (coach)

1989 - YWCA regattacomposite women’s junior four (coach)

1989 - Head of schoolgirl’swomen’s open scull (coach)

1989 - 5 mile handicap scull handicap sculls

1989 - Metropolitan regattawomen’s intermediate pair (coach0

1989 - Yarra Yarra regattawomen’s intermediate pair (coach) and Women’s intermediate double scull (coach)

1989 - Hamilton regattawomen’s intermediate pair (coach0

1989 - Upper Yarra regatta, women’s intermediate four (coach)

1990 - Essendon ladies regatta, women’s youth four (coach) and Women’s intermediate four (coach)

1990 - Scotch Mercantile regatta, women’s youth four (coach)

1990 - Henley regatta, women’s youth four (coach)

1990 - Ballarat regatta, women’s youth four (coach)

1990 - Hawthorn to City marathon sculls “B” section

1990 - Yarra Yarra regatta, women’s novice scull (coach), Women’s intermediate scull (coach) and Women’s intermediate double scull (coach)

1990 - Upper Yarra regatta, women’s senior “C” scull (coach)

1991 - Rutherglen regatta, women’s open four (coach)

1991 - Victorian universities regatta, women’s open four (coach)

1991 - Henley regatta, women’s youth four (coach)

1991 - Wendouree Ballarat regatta, women’s youth four (coach)

1991 - Yarra Yarra regattawomen’s open four (coach), Women’s intermediate double scull (coach) and Women’s novice pair (coach)

1991 - Barwon Spring Ding regatta, women’s senior “C” four (coach), Women’s intermediate scull (coach) and Women’s intermediate double scull (coach)

1991 - Dimboola regatta, women’s senior “C” four (coach)

1991 - Horsham regatta, women’s senior “C” four (coach) and Women’s open four (coach)

1991 - Upper Yarra regatta, women’s senior “C” four (coach)

1991 - V R A championships, women’s senior “B” four (coach)

1992 - Victorian universities regatta, youth four (coach)

1992 - National championships, women’s youth four (coach) and Women’s u23 pair (coach)

1992 - Upper Yarra regatta, women’s open   four (coach)

1994 - Barwon regatta, women’s youth four (coach)

From the Yarra Yarra Rowing Club newsletter 'Yarra Yabbie' no 34 1990-3-20

Stop press!!!

Congratulations to Rob Jones who has been named as coach of the Victorian Women’s youth four. The announcement was made at Carrum on Sunday 18th Feb. A squad of eight girls has been chosen, four of which are Yarra girls.

Philippa Devine, Yolanda Jones, Dinah Gilbert, Ros Carter, 

From the 'Yarra Yabbie' no 43'1992-7-20

The youth women’s coxless four from Yarra Yarra struck gold at the interstate King’s Cup regatta at Carrum in March this year, Representing Victoria coach Rob Jones, 1967 King’s Cup oarsman, must be very proud as all these girls came through the ranks of club rowing to triumph for Victoria. The club congratulates them on their extra efforts which has now proved worthwhile.

From the Yarra Yabbie no 46 1993-1-20

The Christmas break up and christening was a happy and enjoyable day, with Christmas luncheon served with a smile. Thanks girls. 

The other racing four was named “Rob Jones”. Rob is the architect of our recent success in women’s rowing. A Victorian Kings Cup and international rower, sculler, Victorian coach, clubman and present treasurer. Philippa Devine did the honours for Rob. Congratulations Rob.

From the Yarra Yabbie no 62 1996-7-20

Rob Jones

We congratulate Rob on his life membership of Yarra. Rob’s words on accepting the honour are very true. “The greatest satisfaction you of a club is what you put into it”.

And Rob has put in.

Rob has rowed for Melbourne Grammar, Yarra, Victoria and Australia. When Yolanda and Cameron took an interest in rowing, Rob started coaching and excelled in that also, coaching three Victorian women’s youth fours in the Kings Cup regatta with a win for an all Yarra crew.

Rob has a young women’s squad in training for this season.

Thank you Rob.

From the 1961/62 Yarra Yarra Rowing Club annual report:-


As Corio Bay, who won the coxed four event, have withdrawn from World Championship event in Switzerland, we understand that the composite crew comprising of P Edwards (Melbourne Rowing Club), R Jones (University Boat Club), J Castle (Yarra Yarra Rowing Club), J Howden (Yarra Yarra rowing Club) are now eligible to take their place, as this crew finished second to Corio Bay.

We congratulate the crew and wish them the best of luck.

From the 1965/66 annual report:-

As part of the opening address:-

In addition, we were honoured in having John Castle and Rob Jones selected in the Victorian Kings Cup eight, which registered a magnificent win in Tasmania.”

As part of the captain’s report:-

“our congratulations go to John Castle and Robin Jones for being selected in this year’s Victorian VIII which won the Kinga cup in Hobart. 

1992 photo Rob in centre

1966 Kings Cup crew in Tasmania Rob in 6 seat

Jim Skidmore
June 2024

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