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Cairnes, Norman W - Australian Rowing History

Norman W Cairnes

Mercantile Rowing Club (VIC)

1951 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship coach - Second
1952 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship coach - First
1953 - Life member Mercantile Rowing Club.
1953-62 - Hon Secretary Victorian Rowing Association
1954 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship coach - First
1955 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship coach - Second
1956 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship selector
1956 - Olympic Games - Course Manager
1956-59 - Honorary Secretary of AARC
1961 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship coach - First
1962 - Chairman of the organising committee for the first national championships
1962-72 - Executive Committee member of the Victorian Rowing Association
1964 -Interstate Men's Lightweight Four Championship co-coach - First
1964-70 - Councillor for Victoria on AARC
1965 -Interstate Men's Lightweight Four Championship selector
Life member of the Victorian Rowing Association

Norman Cairnes

Norm was an active and successful rower, coach and administrator.  Norm joined Mercantile in 1927 and became the longest serving member of that Club. He had his first win at a novice regatta in the lightweight novice eights in June 1929. Although never quite reaching the top as a competitive oarsman, he had considerable success in the maiden and junior ranks with an occasional row in senior crews. Norm joined the Committee in 1934, became Vice-Captain in 1936 and Captain in the 1937-38 season. Norm served throughout WWII and had a most commendable war service record.

However it was after WWII that he made a great contribution to club, state and national rowing. He was one of Australia's great coaches coaching winning King's Cup crews on three occasions and numerous club crews. He was a club administrator. He was Secretary of both the Victorian Rowing Association and Australian Amateur Rowing Council. He was largely responsible for the organization of the rowing at Ballarat for the 1956 Olympic Games. He was life member of his club and state association and Vice-President for many years at Mercantile.

Andrew Guerin 2011

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