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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 V

Those appearing below are:

  1. Brian Vear, Banks

Brian Vear

Banks Rowing Club
1960 – Olympic Games – Coxless Four bow– eliminated in repechage
1962 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship emergency
1963 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship two seat - First
1964 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship bow - First
1964 – Olympic Games – Men’s Eight bow- Eighth
1965 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship bow – Second
1996-2006 – President Banks Rowing Club
1997 – Interstate Championships team manager
2001+ – President of the Australian Masters Committee
2002 – Chairman of the Organising Committee National Championships
2003 – Chairman of the Organising Committee for the World Masters Games
2004 – Chairman of the Organising Committee National Championships
2007 – Chairman of the Organising Committee National Championships
Life member Banks Rowing Club
Life Member Rowing Victoria Inc

Brian Vear and Terry Davies collect medals in an international regatta in their masters years
Brian was very active in rowing both as a rower from young man to masters and also as a regatta organizer. He also managed a successful Victorian team in 1997 in which Victoria won 4 of 8 events.
From a Rowing Victoria perspective his work was of critical importance as a regatta and masters organiser. He showed how the Association could fund its critical development work through regatta organisation and set Victoria on a road that has continued ever since. He was also an initiator of the development of masters rowing in Victoria. From a Rowing Australia perspective, his work was of greatest importance in the development of masters rowing. Under his reign as Chairman of the Australian Masters Committee, the Australian Masters Championships regatta was created and is now one of the major regattas in Australia. He was also Chairman of the Organising Committee of the rowing at the World Masters Games in 2003. This regatta was one of the largest international regattas ever conducted. Brian’s initiative in introducing the alpha/numeric boat numbering system for regatta management has now been adopted throughout Australia and at many international regattas

Andrew Guerin 2013

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