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australian rowers profiles and history

Noel F Wilkinson AM BEM

South Hawthorn Rowing Club (1927-30) then Banks Rowing Club

1957 – Interstate Championships Victorian team manager
1961 – Interstate Championships Victorian team manager
1962 – British Empire & Commonwealth Games – team manager
1965 – Interstate Championships Victorian team manager
1969 – Interstate Championships Victorian team manager
1970 – World Championships – team manager
1977-90 – Honorary Treasurer of ARC
1978 – World Championships – team manager
1980 – Olympic Games – administrative staff
1987 – Awarded AOF Order of Merit
1987-91 – Honorary Treasurer of Rowing Australia
1992 – Life member of Rowing Australia
Life member of Rowing Victoria – 16 years treasurer and 24 years on executive
Life member of Banks Rowing Club
FISA Umpire
He was fiercely an honorary contributor to the sport, never holding any remunerated position either in rowing or in any sporting area in his life. He was an example of volunteerism at its best.

Noel as team manager in 1978

Noel had enormous vitality which he applied to fund raising to his club Banks, his State Association, his National Association and his national Olympic Federation. In Victoria we are most grateful for establishing a sound financial base for the State Association which it has maintained ever since.

He was also treasurer for both Rowing Victoria (16 years) and Rowing Australia (13 years). During his time as Treasurer of Rowing Victoria, he managed the growth of capital funds from £4,000 to over $100,000. He was also treasurer of the Victorian Olympic Council for 7 years and was Appeal Co-ordinator for three Olympic Games raising much money for Olympic teams. He was awarded the AOF Order of Merit for such outstanding service to the Olympic movement. Noel’s name adorns the trophy for the Interstate Men’s Youth Eight Championship and well as the Victorian Youth eight Championship.

As was mentioned by many in Australia during his life, we were fortunate to have enjoyed the rare opportunity to have a “Wilkie” in our midst. He was a great supporter and tireless worker for the sport of rowing and died in 1992.


Andrew Guerin 2010

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