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history of australian rowing at world championships

1982 World Championships- Lucerne Switzerland


The National Selectors included Don Croot following the resignation of Bruce Evans. They selected for the first time a squad which included representatives from all States and the ACT. They determined that the squad should undertake two tours with the first incorporating Manheim (GDR), Vichy (FRA) and Nottingham (GBR).

The lightweight eight came from three states and was under the guidance of Tasmania's David Poulson. The rise of Tasmania as a force in lightweight rowing probably swayed the selectors views on the possibility of a larger boat touring for these Championships. However the eight suffered with injuries. The early injury to Western Australia Russell Langdon, prompted the selectors to recall Peter Antonie from England, where he was sculling at Henley.

However the biggest challenge for the selectors and the lightweight eight was finding a combination from the high quality pairs from throughout the land.


Bob Cooper's coxed four had a troubled row in the heat and had to gain the second place in the repechage to make the final. Regrettably they came fourth and were relegated to the petite final which they won. Mike Nielsen was asked to be the travelling reserve which he did as a favour having not long returned from the Under 23 Championships.

The lightweight eight had a good start winning the tougher of the two heats in the fastest time. They had defeated reigning champions Denmark, and had out performed Italy. Regrettably it was the best row of their trip as they went "off the boil" in the five day break between heat and final.

In the final, Australia led at the five hundred metre mark but by the thousand metre mark had slipped into third place. In the final part of the race they were unable to resist Spain who flashed by to steal the bronze medal. There was a very close margin between third and fourth places.

Index to Results on this Page
M1x M2x M4x    
M2- M2+ M4- M4+ M8
W1x W2x W4x    
W2-     W4+ W8
ML1x ML2x      
    ML4-   ML8


Women's Single Scull

Final B: 7th CAN, 8th AUS, 9th BUL, 10th SWE, 11th FRG, 12th IRL
Final: 1st URS 3.42.83; 2nd ROM; 3rd NZL, 4th GBR, 5th GDR, 6th USA

Women's Double Scull

Final B: 7th ROM, 8th TCH, 9th GBR, 10th POL, 11th DEN, 12th AUT
Final: 1st URS 3.19.47; 2nd GDR; 3rd CAN, 4th USA, 5th NED, 6th BUL

Women's Coxed Quad Scull

Final B: 7th BUL, 8th HUN, 9th FRG
Final: 1st URS 3.07.58; 2nd GDR; 3rd ROM, 4th USA, 5th DEN, 6th FRA

Women's Coxless Pair

Final B: 7th FRG, 8th USA, 9th AUS, 10th GBR, 11th CHN, 12th ROM
Final: 1st GDR 3.32.41; 2nd POL; 3rd CAN, 4th URS, 5th NED, 6th BUL

Women's Coxed Four

Final: 1st URS, 2nd USA, 3rd ROM, 4th GDR, 5th NED, 6th BUL

Women's Eight

Final: 1st URS 2.57.97; 2nd USA; 3rd GDR, 4th ROM, 5th CAN, 6th BUL

Australian Team

Men's Lightweight Single Scull—Eleventh
Robert Allen (NSW)

Men's Coxed Four—Seventh
Bow: Graham Jones (NSW)
2: James Battersby (NSW) 
3: Tim Willoughby (SA)
Str: John Bentley (SA)
Cox: Gavin Thredgold (SA)
Cch: Robert Cooper (SA)
Res: Mike Nielsen (SA)

Men's Lightweight Eight—Fourth
Bow: Neville Kempton (WA)
2: Simon Cook (VIC)
3: Steven Spurling (VIC)
4: Peter Antonie (VIC)
5: Bruce House (TAS)
6: Michael Partridge (TAS)
7: Charles Bartlett (VIC)
Str: Simon Gillett (VIC)
Cox: David Fisher (VIC)
Cch: David Poulson (TAS)
Res: Rob Gardner (VIC)

Women's Single Scull—Eighth
Mary Renouf (VIC)
Cch: Richard Graham (QLD)

Women's Coxless Pair—Ninth
Bow: Jacqui Marshall (VIC)
Str: Pam Westendorf (VIC)
Cch: David Palfreyman (VIC)

Manager: Don Croot (NSW)
Doctor: Bill Webb (NSW)
Selectors: Reinhold Batschi (ACT), Don Croot (NSW), Islay Lee (NSW), William Hay (SA)


Men's Single Scull

Final B: 7th CAN, 8th GRE, 9th FIN, 10th YUG, 11th NZL
Final: 1st GDR 7.00.67; 2nd URS; 3rd USA, 4th FRG, 5th SWE, 6th GBR

Men's Double Scull

Final B: 7th ESP, 8th BEL, 9th SUI, 10th YUG, 11th URA, 12th ITA
Final: 1st NOR 6.23.66; 2nd GDR; 3rd TCH, 4th CAN, 5th FIN, 6th POL

Men's Quad Scull

Final B: 7th BUL, 8th TCH, 9th POL, 10th USA
Final: 1st GDR 5.55.50; 2nd FRG; 3rd URS, 4th ITA, 5th FRA, 6th GBR

Men's Coxless Pair

Final B: 7th YUG, 8th ITA, 9th TCH, 10th SWE, 11th AUT, 12th GBR
Final: 1st NOR 6.23.66; 2nd GDR; 3rd HOL, 4th ESP, 5th FRG, 6th URS

Men's Coxed Pair

Final B: 7th ESP, 8th HUN
Final: 1st ITA 6.59.63; 2nd GDR; 3rd TCH, 4th BUL, 5th URS, 6th USA

Men's Coxless Four

Final B: 7th USA, 8th ITA, 9th GBR, 10th NED, 11th BUL, 12th FRA
Final: 1st SUI 6.10.41; 2nd URS; 3rd ROM, 4th TCH, 5th DEN, 6th GDR

Men's Coxed Four

Final B: 7th AUS, 8th ITA, 9th BUL, 10th IRL, 11th NED, 12th FRA
Final: 1st GDR 6.19.04; 2nd TCH; 3rd USA, 4th URS, 5th GBR, 6th POL

Men's Eight

Final B; 7th TCH, 8th DEN, 9th GBR
Final: 1st NZL 5.36.99; 2nd GDR; 3rd URS, 4th USA, 5th FRG, 6th FRA

Men's Lightweight Single Scull

Final B: 7th SWE, 8th GBR, 9th JPN, 10th CAN, 11th AUS, 12th IRL
Final: 1st AUT 7.12.57, 2nd USA, 3rd ITA, 4th FRG, 5th DEN, 6th NED

Men's Lightweight Double Scull

Final B: 7th CAN, 8th FRA, 9th DEN, 10th FRG, 11th AUT, 12th CHN
Final: 1st ITA 6.34.85, 2nd USA, 3rd SUI, 4th NED, 5th NOR, 6th SWE

Men's Lightweight Four

Final B: 7th FRG, 8th SUI, 9th GBR, 10th CHN
Final: 1st ITA 6.17.79, 2nd ESP, 3rd DEN, 4th IRL, 5th SWE, 6th USA

Men's Lightweight Eight

Final B: 7th USA, 8th FRA, 9th NED, 10th FRG, 11th JPN
Final: 1st ITA 5.49.45; 2nd DEN; 3rd ESP, 4th AUS, 5th CAN, 6th GBR

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