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Alec W McLeish

Ballarat City Rowing Club then Albert Park Rowing Club (VIC)

1932 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship stroke - First

1933 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship stroke - Third

1962 - British Empire & Commonwealth Games - jury

1964 - Olympic Games - rowing section manager

1970-76 - Councillor for Victoria on AARC

Vice-President of the Victorian Rowing Association

Alec learned his rowing at Ballarat City before moving to Albert Park in 1927 after his Ballarat City crew was defeated in the maiden eights by Albert Park by one foot.In his 1931-32 season, he won the Victorian Champion pair, four and eight in the one season. He was the manager of a building wrecking company and the Mayor of Brighton outside his rowing interests.He died in 1984.

A newspaper report of the 1932 Victorian crew provided the following description of his rowing career to that date.

A W McLeish, stroke is aged 26, in height 6ft 1 in, weight 13.3 and commenced rowing in 1925. he rowed "five" in the winning double maiden eight at Upper Yarra and ANA Regattas in 1927. Transferring to Albert Park Club, he won his maiden pair at Nagambie in 1928, double maiden four at Upper Yarra and ANA, in 1929, junior four at Barwon in 1929, junior eight at Henley in 1929, stroked junior pair at Nagambie in 1929 and the senior pair for the Upper Yarra and ANA double in 1930. The same year he won the senior pair double at Barwon and Ballarat and senior fours at Ballarat, senior pair and four at Nagambie 1930 and 1931. His championship wins are the champion pairs and fours and second in the champion eights in 1931. This season he was second in champion four, and won the champion eights.

1932 Victorian crew with Alex in the stroke seat

Albert Park Club rowers putting one of Alec's truck to good use post WWII

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