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australian rowers profiles and history

Adrian Monger

Melbourne University Boat Club then Mercantile Rowing Club

1954 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship three seat – First

1955 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship seven seat – Second

1956 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship seven seat – First

1956 – Olympic Games – Men’s Eight seven seat – Bronze

1956 Olympic Eight - Adrian in seven seat

Adrian lives in Perth and is a supporter of the sport in that city. Adrian tells this story of how he took up rowing seriously. I took up rowing towards the end of my Geelong Grammar days but when I entered Trinity in March 1952, I had decided to return to my first love - cricket. However the Captain of Boats, Brian Loton, had other ideas, and on my first day in College he asked me to make up the numbers in the College crew that evening. It must have been a promising outing because I was then prevailed upon by other crew members, including Rod Carnegie, to stay with the crew. Two short years later, I found myself in the record-breaking Victorian King’s Cup eight and was then given the nod as the No 7 man in the Australian Olympic eight. So, looking back on it, I guess that if it hadn’t been for Brian Loton’s powers of persuasion, I probably would have remained a rather wayward cricketer!

Andrew Guerin 2010

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