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A W (Wal) Oakley

Yarra Yarra Rowing Club (VIC)

A W (Wally) Oakley, son of member Gus Oakley brother of members Michael & Tony.

Wal was a great personality of the sport and more importantly, a great journalist for the sport. In the 1990s, his work enabled rowing to remain in the media with good coverage.

Member 1961/62 - 1993/94

Died 2012

Committee 1963/64 - 1966/67, 1968/69, 1969/70

Wins recorded:-

1965 - International regatta (Ballarat), maiden eight (bow)

1965 - Dimboola regatta, maiden eight (bow)

1965 - Upper Yarra regatta, maiden eight (bow)

1966 - Albert Park regatta, maiden four (bow)

1966 - Wentworth regatta, junior eight (bow)

1966 - Metropolitan regatta, open eight (bow)

1969 - Universities regatta, Veteran eight (3)

From the Club newsletter 'Yarra Yabbie' 20/9/2012

It is with great sadness that we note the recent passing of Wal Oakley and John Castle.

Both contributed much to our club, notably, John recently donated the two oars that are displayed upstairs.

We extend our condolences to both families.

1964 photo Wall engaged in shed renovations.

1963 Easter camp Mildura Wal on the right 

Jim Skidmore
June 2024

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