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australian rowers profiles and history

Brian Doyle

Mercantile Rowing Club (VIC)

1949 – Head of the River – Xavier College stroke – 1st

1952 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship two seat – First

1953 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship two seat – First

1954 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship stroke – First

1955 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship stroke – Second

1956 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship stroke – First

1956 – Olympic Games – Men’s Eight stroke – Bronze

Brian is congratulated by coach Bob Aitken after a win in the heat in 1956

Brian stroked the Xavier College crew in 1949 to their first win in the Victorian Head of the River. Unfortunately his school was unable to win the event again until 1999, fifty years later. His sons David and Mark are also rowing Olympians.

The Australian crew after defeating the Americans in the heat - Brian on the left hand side

He was a tenacious stroke who did not understand barriers. There was nothing left on the track. His crews trusted his ability and he never let them down.


Andrew Guerin 2010

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