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Harry Ross Soden

Melbourne University Boat Club then Banks Rowing Club in 1913

1908 - Intervarsity Eights - Second
1909 - Intervarsity Eights -Second
1910 - Intervarsity Eights - Third
1910 - Australian Henley Senior Eights seven seat - First
1911 - Intervarsity Eights - First
1911 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship five seat - Second
1912 - Olympic Games Men's Eight seven seat - Eliminated in semi-final
1912 - Henley Royal Regatta - Grand Challenge Cup seven seat - First
1913 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship seven seat - Did not finish
1919 - Peace Regatta for the Interstate Men's Eight Championship co-coach and member of the sub-committee charged with the coaching and selection of the 1919 AIF crews - First

Above: 1912 Olympic Rowing Team - Harry is seated second from right

It is reported that he coached the 1919 1st AIF crew in the UK in the last week prior to the racing. Extracts from John Lang's book The Victorian Oarsman in 1919 record that his coaching “improved their pace and form very much indeed. A great deal of their success is due to him.” The no. 2 crew proved faster in the last two trials. With a little more than week to go, three members of the second crew were moved into the 1st crew. “The critics were open mouthed when they heard of it.” From that day, however, “there was continual improvement in the style, and the gain in ability was accompanied by a corresponding increase in confidence, both on the part of the crew and its supporters.”

Above: 1919 - Steve Fairbairn, Syd Middleton, Harry Hauenstein and Harry Ross Soden


Andrew Guerin 2011



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