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Lionel P Robberds AM QC

Leichhardt Rowing Club (NSW)

Born 2 April 1939. Schooled at Sydney Boys High and then at Sydney University. Admitted as a Barrister in NSW in 1966 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1982. He remains a prominent Sydney QC.

1951 – Interstate Women’s Four Championships cox – First

1952 – Interstate Women’s Four Championships cox – First

1953 – Interstate Women’s Four Championships cox – First

1954 – Interstate Women’s Four Championships cox – Second

1954 – British Empire & Commonwealth Games – Men’s Coxed Four cox – Gold

1955 – Interstate Women’s Four Championships cox – First

1955 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championships cox – Third

1955 – Interstate Men’s Coxed Pair Championships cox – Second

1956 – Interstate Women’s Four Championships cox – First

1956 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championships cox – Second

1957 – Interstate Women’s Four Championships cox & coach – First

1957 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championships cox – Second

1958 – British Empire & Commonwealth Games – Men’s Eight cox – Silver

1958 – British Empire & Commonwealth Games – Men’s Coxed Four cox – Silver

1958 – Henley Royal Grand Challenge Cup - Second

1959 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championships cox – First

1960 – Olympic Games – Men’s Coxed Four cox – Fifth

1962 - National Men's Lightweight Eight Championship, cox and coach - Third

1964 - National Men's Coxed Four Championship, cox - Second

1964 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championships cox – Second

1955 Victorious NSW Women's Four

1964 Olympic Coxed Four

Lionel's Wikipedia entry extracted on 27th June 2021 also describes another aspect to his sporting life: 

Robberds took up squash in 1963. By 1970 he was the fifth ranked player in New South Wales and at that year's Australian Championships he beat Cam Nancarrow the Australian #2 seed. Along with his brother Greg, Lionel Robberds made the New South Wales men's team and he was a part of their legacy when between 1958 and 1973 members of that team won 78 consecutive matches at Australian carnivals. Nancarrow, Ken Hiscoe, Ted Hamilton and others participated in that time in the four men squad. The unbeaten run ended with a loss to Queensland in 1974. In 1973 Robberds was selected in the Australian national men's team which competed and won the World Men's Team Championship governed by the World Squash Federation. The next men's world championships were held in England in 1976 and again Robberds was selected in the Australian team who competed and placed third overall.


Andrew Guerin
June 2021

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