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Rowing Victoria

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Rowing in a young Victoria
  3. Formation of the Association
  4. Growth of the Sport 1876-1889
  5. Years of great success 1890-1899
  6. The rise of Henley on the Yarra 1900-1909
  7. The War Years 1910-1919
  8. Women's rowing and the modern era 1920-1929
  9. The Depression years 1930-1939
  10. War and rebuilding 1940-1949
  11. Expansion years 1950-1959
  12. The search for international success 1960-1969
  13. Combining the Associations and lightweight success 1970-1979
  14. The new national program 1980-1989
  15. Golden years 1990-1999
  16. Professionalism 2000-2009
  17. Yet More Growth 2010-2019


  1. Life Membership and other important awards
  2. Patrons and Presidents
  3. Office Bearers
  4. Clubs and their histories
  5. The Oarsmen's Centotaph and WWI Roll of Honour
  6. WWII Roll of Honour
  7. Premierships
  8. State Championships
  9. Hall of Fame Inductees
  10. Victorian Olympians
  11. International representation
  12. Intercolonial and Interstate Racing
  13. School rowing
  14. University rowing
  15. Personalities of the sport

15. Personalities of the sport

Surname K

Those appearing below are:

  1. Ted Kenny, Mercantile - 2010

Ted Kenny

The author Ted Kenny as probably the most significant rowing administrator of the first half of twentieth century. He was instrumental in the creation of what is now Rowing Australia Ltd and managed that organisation for over 30 years. He was also a sound and revered coach and selector.
Ted was both Hon Treasurer and Hon Secretary of Leichhardt Rowing Club before coming to Melbourne. His brother Arthur, who rowed in Leichhardt’s first champion four in 1914, was killed at Gallipoli. In Melbourne he became Captain of Mercantile Rowing Club and then onto many official roles with the Victorian Rowing Association including 16 years as its Honorary Secretary.
Ted was the ultimate administrator as well as being an astute coach and selector. He tackled all administrative duties with enthusiasm and competence. He was secretary to the Victorian Rowing Association, Australian Amateur Rowing Council and the Melbourne Henley Regatta Committee for many years and was also manager of numerous Victorian teams. After his death, an appeal was commenced to establish a memorial for his services to rowing. The memorial became known as the Kenny Medallions which are presented each year to the winning crew, cox and coach of the King’s Cup crew and the winning President’s Cup sculler.
Originally Leichhardt Rowing Club (NSW) whilst rowing then Mercantile Rowing Club

Ted Kenny

1909-25 – Honorary Secretary Victorian Rowing Association
1910 – Interstate Championships manager
1913 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship selector
1914 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship selector
1920 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship selector & manager
1921 – Interstate Championship manager
1922 – Interstate Championship manager
1923 – Interstate Championship manager
1926 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship co-coach – Third
1928 – Interstate Men’s Championships selector
1929 – Interstate Championship manager
1925-56 – Honorary Secretary of AARC – Inaugural Secretary/Treasurer of the Council.
1925-56 – Honorary Treasurer of the AARC
1925-56 – Councillor for Victoria on AARC
1925-56 - Executive Committee of Victorian Rowing Association
1932 – Olympic Games – selector
1936 – Olympic Games – selector
1938 – British Empire Games jury
1944-56 - Vice-President Victorian Rowing Association
1950 – British Empire Games – team manager
1954 – British Empire & Commonwealth Games – Assistant Manager of whole team
1956 – Olympic Games – Rowing course manager until his death in that yea

Andrew Guerin 2010

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