Andrew Guerin

Above – 1973 Australian Junior Eight – Andrew Guerin in bow seat

1973 – APS Head of the River Scotch College bow seat – First

1973 – World Junior Championships – Men’s Eight bow – Eighth

1974 – National Championship Lightweight Eights – First

1975 – National Championship Lightweight Eights – First

1975 – Club Treasurer

1976 – National Championship Lightweight Eights – First

1976 – Club Secretary

1978 – University Championships Men’s Eight bow – First

1978 – Captain

1979 – Club and Equipment Manager

1980-1984 (incl) – Captain

1984 – Club Treasurer

1986 -1989 (incl) – Victorian team manager

1988 – Under 23 Australian team manager

1988 – Life membership Mercantile Rowing Club

1989 – 1991 (incl) – World Championships – Australian team manager

1991-96 (incl) – Victorian Councillor on Rowing Australia.

1992 & 1996 – Olympic Games – section manager rowing

1995 – FISA umpires licence gained

1997 – FISA Masters – jury member

1997-2004 – President

1999 – World Championships – jury member

2000 – Olympic Games – jury member

2001 – present – APS Head of the River -Referee

2002 – World Masters Games – President of the Jury

2003 – World Championships – jury member

2004 – 2009 – Chairman of the RA Umpires Committee

2006 – 2013 – President of Rowing Victoria

2008 – Life membership of Rowing Australia

2008 – World Cup 3 and qualification regatta Poznan – jury member

2009 – World Cup 3 Lucerne – jury member

2011 – World Cup 3 Lucerne – jury member

2013 – FISA Masters Varese – jury member

2013 – present – Rowing Australia Board member

2014 – World Cup 1 Sydney – jury member

2015 – World Cup 2 Varese  – jury member

2015 – Life membership of Rowing Victoria Inc

Author of the history of Australian rowing-

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Above – 1974 National Championships Lightweight eight – Andrew in bow seat

Andrew is one of those rowing tragics who has undertaken successfully most aspects of the sport from elite rowing to masters, administration from club to State and National, umpiring at all levels, team management at all levels and rowing history. He one of the few people to be life member of his club, and also his state and national association. His citation for life membership of Rowing Victoria sums it up:

Your contribution to Rowing Victoria has been outstanding. The quality of work in your role as President of Rowing Victoria and the significant changes you have made to the nature and operations of Rowing Victoria is renowned. Your contribution to the sport through compiling the History of Australian Rowing is remarkable. The forming of the Victorian Rowing Hall of Fame has seen Victoria lead the way in recognising our rowing greats. The significant volunteer roles you have provided to the sport include 36 years of umpiring at State, National, International and Olympic competition, team manager for State, National and Olympic teams, Rowing Australia Councillor and Rowing Victoria Awards Committee. Congratulations Andrew on your Rowing Victoria Life Membership.


Whilst he achieved some success as a club and school coach, he claims to be Brighton Grammar’s worst first crew coach have coached them to a last placing. To cut him some slack, the stroke of that crew was in hospital at the time after having been run over on the way to the course.

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Above – Andrew starting at 2003 World Championships after the electronic starting systems failed.

When asked what were the highlights of his captaincy and Presidency years of the club, he is quite clear cut. ” My years as Captain were focussed simply on recruiting a large number of good quality rowers and coaches. It was pleasing to see in the years after my captaincy that so many of them were successful at the elite level and for this base of members to lead the Club into some of it’s greatest years. As to the years as President, they were all about introducing and embedding professional coaching at the Club. I was surprised how little resistance there was to this radical move.”


Most interesting race? “Fixed seat racing in the century old boats at the Anglesea Regatta. A group of us, lighties of course, raced as “Tinies One” and won the fours three years running.”


Toughest race? “Victorian sprint championship with Mark Connolly. Let me say that neither of us had prepared ourselves for the race with such technicalities as sleep and alcohol moderation. Mark collapsed after the heat but we managed to survive the semi final and final to win, just. I have never rated so high with so little pressure in the water!”


Current challenge? ” Defending our F Masters eights title at the 2015 Head of the Yarra.”


What does Mercs mean for you? “Friendship, camaraderie and winning races.”


David Colvin September 2015 (updated October 2015)


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