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australian rowers profiles and history

Ben S Thompson

Richmond Rowing Club (VIC)

1930- Interstate Men's Eight Championship three seat- First

1932- Interstate Men's Eight Championship seven seat- First

1933- Interstate Men's Eight Championship seven seat- Third

1938- Interstate Men's Eight Championship coach- Fourth

1939- Interstate Men's Eight Championship selector & coach- His crew was disqualified

Alan Jacobsen in his book Australia in World Rowing said of Thompson: was not a man not to be trifled with, and he let everyone know it in the way that was  expected of coaches in those days

In a newspaper report in 1932, previewing the Victorian crew, the following summary of Ben was provided:

Ben S Thompson, Richmond, age 27, height 6 ft, weight 12.6, commenced rowing in 1920, and won the maiden eight double at Upper Yarra and Albert Park in 1921, a maiden four at Ballarat the same year. Then followed three junior fours, one junior pair, three junior eights and four senior pairs. He rowed No. 3 in the Victorian crew that won the King's Cup in 1930. Last season, he won the champion eights in the seven seat, and champion four in the three seat this season.

Above: 1930 King's Crew - Ben in three seat

Above: 1930 King's Cup crew - Ben is seated right hand side of from row

Andrew Guerin - March 2018

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