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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

Appendices

  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 O

Those appearing below are:

  1. Chris O’Brien, Ballarat/MUBC
  2. David Ochert, Banks
  3. W M Orr, Melbourne

Chris O'Brien

Ballarat City Rowing Club, Wendouree/Ballarat Rowing Club and then Melbourne University Boat Club
1996 – Nations Cup – Men’s Lightweight Single Scull coach - Sixth
1998 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship co-coach – First
1998 – World Junior Rowing Championships – Men’s Coxless Four coach – Fourth
1998 – Nations Cup – Men’s Eight coach - Gold
1999 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship co-coach – Second
1999 –Interstate Men’s Youth Eight Championship coach – First
1999 – Nations Cup – Men’s Eight coach - Fourth
2000 – Interstate Men’s Youth Eight Championship coach - Second
2000 – Nations Cup – Men’s Eight coach – Silver
2001 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship coach – First
2001 – World Championships – Men’s Eight coach – Seventh
2002 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship coach – First
2002 – World Championships – Men’s Coxless Pair coach – Fourth
2002 – World Championships – Men’s Lightweight Single Scull coach - Fifth
2003 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship coach – First
2003 – World Championships – Men’s Coxless Pair coach – Gold
2004 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship coach - Second
2004 – Olympic Games Men’s Pair coach - Gold
2006 - World Championships – Men’s Coxless Pair coach – Gold
2007 - World Championships – Men’s Coxless Pair coach – Gold
2008 – Olympic Games Men’s Pair coach - Gold
2010 – World Championships – Men’s Coxless Four – Seventh
2011 – World Championships – Men’s Coxless Four - Bronze
2012 – Olympic Games Men’s Four coach – Silver
2012 – Appointed High Performance Director Australian Rowing
2013 – Inducted into the Victorian Rowing Hall of Fame

Chris O'Brien circa 2000

Chris O’Brien has established himself as Australia’s most successful Olympic rowing coach - with two gold and one silver medal over the last three Olympic regattas and he also has a rich World Championship history, with his crews winning three gold & one bronze medal. In August 2012 Chris—who affectionately known as “Cobber” - was appointed the National Performance Director of Rowing Australia - after relinquishing his position as Victorian Institute of Sport Head Rowing Coach.

Andrew Guerin 2013

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David Ochert

Toowong Rowing Club (QLD) then Mercantile and Banks Rowing Clubs
1978 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship (QLD) emergency
1979 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship (Qld) – 5 seat - Fifth
1981 – Interstate Men’s Lightweight Four Championship (QLD) coach - Sixth
1983 – Interstate Men’s Youth Eight Championship coach - Sixth
1987 – Trans Tasman Series - Australia Women’s Junior 4+ - coach
1987 – Match des Seniors – Women’s Pair coach - Bronze
1987 – World Junior Championships – Women’s Coxless Pair coach - Fourth
1989 – Interstate Women’s Youth Four Championship coach – Race not conducted due to a cyclone.
1996 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Four Championship coach – Second
1996 – World Championships – Women’s Lightweight Pair coach – Fifth
1997 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Four Championship coach - First
1997 – World Championships – Women’s Lightweight Pair coach - Gold
1998 –Interstate Women’s Lightweight Four Championship coach – First
1999 – Interstate Women’s Lightweight Four Championship coach – First
2006 – Australian Youth Cup - Victoria Women’s squad
2008 – Interstate Women’s Youth 8 (Vic) Bronze
2009 – Australian Youth Cup - Victoria Women’s squad
2012 – Australian Youth Cup - Victoria Men’s squad

David with his 1998 World Championship Lightweight Pair

David has coached and co-coached many National Champions and many who have been selected in Australian crews. He has had a lifetime of rowing and coaching and all as an amateur. He has managed to keep his hobby as that, a consuming voluntary interest.

Andrew Guerin 2013

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W M Orr

Melbourne Rowing Club
1866 – Championship Scull - First
1867 – Championship Scull - First
1873 – Intercolonial Men’s Four Championship three seat – first
1873 – Intercolonial Sculling Championship - Third
He was regarded as an ugly but tough and effective competitor. John Lang states in his book The Victorian Oarsman that he could be relied upon to work his hardest from the word “off” until the pistol fired. As a sculler he was the man of the day. It is related of him that in a Sculling race on the Lower Yarra, being the centre boat and being closed on by his opponents, he stopped and said, “Go on, gentlemen,” and then took the outside water, overhauled, and beat his opponents.

1873 Trophy
This 1873 crew recorded Victoria’s first win in an intercolonial race. It includes some of the pioneers of our sport. The crew is also of interest as it was the first representative crew from several clubs. It was known as the Melbourne crew.

John Lang, in his book the Victorian Oarsman in 1919, recorded the importance of the race as follows: Victoria secured the first win with a non-club four (Melbourne, Melbourne University and Warehousemen). The other crews in the race were club crews, comprising two from Ballarat, a Sydney Rowing Club crew, and crews from Hobart Town and Geelong. The race was rowed over about four miles on the Lower Yarra - time, 25 min. 30 sec. This race is generally recognised as the first "official" Intercolonial match.

Andrew Guerin 2013

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