Lower Clarence Amateur Rowing and Sculling Club (NSW)
The following tribute was published on the Rowing NSW website on Wednesday 30th October 2019.
The rowing community mourns the passing of Hazel Kratz of Lower Clarence Amateur Rowing and Sculling Club who died on Sunday aged 89. Deepest condolences to her husband Harold and family.
The funeral is to take place at St Luke’s Church, Chatsworth on Saturday 2nd November at 2pm.
In 2006, Tim Howard of Grafton’s Daily Examiner asked Hazel how and when she took up the sport and she said “If I wanted to see him (Harold), I had to take up rowing. In about 1968 or 69 I began rowing and have been doing it ever since.” Hazel’s most recent racing was at the Australian Masters Rowing Championships at West Lakes, Adelaide in 2014.
Ted James (Renmark Rowing Club) and Hazel Kratz pictured at the 2014 Australian Masters Rowing Championships at West Lakes, South Australia. The two were the oldest competitors of each gender at the regatta, with Hazel then aged 84 years and Ted aged 87 years.