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Men's Coxless Four Summary
Bob Aitken Memorial Trophy

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The 2006 winners of the Bob Aitken Memorial Trophy

Mercantile/University of Queensland Composite

Bob Aitken Memorial Trophy

This trophy was first presented in 2006 to recognise Rowing Australia's first life member and inaugural elected President of Rowing Australia.

Bob Aitken had a distinguished and successful rowing career as an oarsman, coach, selector and administrator and made a significant contribution to the sport in all these areas.

He was a skillful stroke who won the biggest races of his day.

He had a good eye for rowing skill, how a boat should travel through the water and a good knowledge of training. He was therefore for many years a successful school, club, state and national coach and selector.

In addition to his deep understanding and knowledge of the sport, he had a considerable intellect, unqualified integrity and impartiality and a great sense responsibility. These qualities made him a respected administrator and of course an obvious choice as President of Rowing Victoria and President of Rowing Australia. He was also the inaugural Chairman of both the Victorian and Australian umpires’ panel.

 


Men's Coxless Four

This event commenced with the establishment of the National Championships in 1962. Prior to that date, test races for Australian representative crews were conducted which were of the nature of National Chmapionships. These were conducted as follows:

1956 - Olympic Trials won by Leichhardt, NSW 7:12.50
1958 - Empire Games Trials won by Leichhardt / Mosman, NSW 7:26.20
1960 - Olympic Trials won by MUBC, VIC 7:08.00
1967 - Australian Selection Trials won by a NSW composite crew in 6:54.20

This race has always been a very important race at the Championships even though through the 1980-00 period, the coxed four event was the important selection event.

1964

1964 Champions from Mercantile

Year 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Time
1962 Mosman, NSW Sydney, NSW Mercantile, VIC Yarra Yarra, VIC Banks, VIC   7:15.0
1964 Mercantile, VIC Leichhardt / Colleagues, NSW Sydney, NSW       6:56.0
1966 Mercantile, VIC Mosman / Haberfield, NSW Sydney, NSW Yarra Yarra / Banks, VIC     7:56.5
1968 Mosman, NSW / Sydney, NSW / Banks, VIC NSW composite Corio Bay, VIC       6:53.20
1970 Mosman, NSW Victoria Composite Nepean, NSW Sydney / Haberfield, NSW     6:32.6
1972 Sydney / Haberfield, NSW           Row over - NTT
1974 Joondalup No 1, WA Sydney / SUBC No 1, NSW Haberfield, NSW Sydney / SUBC No 2, NSW MUBC, VIC   6:43.9
1975 Mosman, NSW MUBC, VIC Sydney / Glebe, NSW       6:42.8
1976 Mosman, NSW Joondalup, WA Sydney Composite, NSW       6:13.9
1977 Mercantile / Monash, VIC MUBC, VIC Haberfield, NSW Perth & Collegians / Ascot / UWA, WA ANA / Joondalup / Perth & Collegians, WA   6:43.5
1978 Sydney / Drummoyne, NSW Mercantile / Monash, VIC MUBC No 2, VIC       6:53.4
1979 Drummoyne, NSW Monash / MUBC, VIC Sydney, NSW Mercantile / Monash, VIC Banks, VIC GPSOB / Tipparoo / Toowong, QLD 6:33.0
1980 Mercantile, VIC SUBC, NSW Sydney No 1, NSW Sydney No 2, NSW Drummoyne, NSW Toowong / GPSOB / Brisbane, QLD 7:10.24
1981 Mercantile / MUBC / Monash, VIC Mercantile / MUBC, VIC SUBC, NSW       6:17.93
1982 Mercantile / MUBC, VIC Balmain, NSW Toowong / UQBC, QLD SUBC, NSW     6:38.89
1983 Franklin / Lindisfarne, TAS Mosman / Sydney, NSW Adelaide / AUBC, SA       6:30.80
1984 Toowong / UQBC, QLD Sydney / Balmain / Drummoyne, NSW See Club Zurich, SUI Banks, VIC China   6:58.10
1985 Banks / Mercantile, VIC Sydney / Drummoyne / Mosman, NSW Barwon / Corio Bay / Wendouree Ballarat, VIC       6:32.9
1986 Mercantile, VIC / Canberra, ACT / Commercial, QLD Sydney, NSW Mercantile / Banks, VIC Buckingham / Mersey, TAS Torrens, SA / AUBC, SA / Sydney, NSW Power House, VIC 6:22.62
1987 Mercantile, VIC           6:09.91
1988 AIS, ACT           5:51.85
1989 No race - cyclone            
1990 Mercantile, VIC          

7:05.83

1991 Mercantile / MUBC, VIC           6:04.80
1992 Mercantile / MUBC / Banks, VIC           6:41.47
1993 AIS, ACT           6:04.73
1994 VIS, VIC           6:02.25
1995 Mercantile / MUBC, VIC           5:59.29
1996 UQBC, QLD / Curtin, WA / AUBC, SA           6:26.44
1997 AIS, ACT           6:24.64
1998 UTS, NSW           6:18.41
1999 AIS, ACT           5:53.63
2000 UTS, NSW           5:55.60
2001 UTS, NSW           6:03.59
2002 Curtin / Swan River, WA           6:06.93
2003 Swan River / UWA, WA           6:07.56
2004 Mercantile, VIC Huon, TAS / Swan River, WA / Wendouree Ballarat, VIC / Curtin, WA UQBC / Commercial, QLD       6:12.71
2005 UQBC, QLD Swan River, WA Mercantile / MUBC, VIC UTS / SUBC, NSW SUBC / UTS, NSW   6:00.71
2006 Mercantile, VIC / UQBC, QLD MUBC, VIC UTS / SUBC, NSW Swan River, WA Swan River, WA Mosman, NSW 5:56.01
2007 Mercantile, VIC / Surfers Paradise, QLD / University of Queensland, QLD Melbourne University, VIC Sydney University / UTS, NSW Sydney University, NSW / Mosman, NSW / University of Queensland, QLD Melbourne University, VIC / University of Queensland, QLD / Sydney University, NSW Sydney University / UTS, NSW 5:55.73

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