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australian rowers profiles and history

James M (Kim) Jelbart

Melbourne University Boat Club (VIC)

Kim is a member of the famous Melbourne University rowing clan, the Jelbarts. His father Ron was rower and sculler and represented Victoria in the President's Cup in 1930.

Kim rowed for Trinity and MUBC before winning a King's Cup in 1958. His father Ron was the MUBC senior coach in 1959-60 season. Kim organised a four to trial for the Rome Olympics in 1960 and it was coached by his father Ron. The crew was successful in gaining selection. Ron remained as coach but was not a member of the team.

1958 Victorian King's Cup crew - Kim in five seat

1958 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship five seat – First

1959 - Victorian Men's Eight Championship, stroke - Second

1960 – Olympic Games – Men’s Coxless Four stroke – eliminated in repechage


Andrew Guerin
June 2021

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