David Douglas

Above – final of the men’s eight in Mexico

1967 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship four seat – Fourth

1967 – USA National Championships – Men’s Coxed Four – Second

1967 – North American Championships – Men’s Coxed Four – First

1967 – European Championships – Men’s Coxed Four – Eighth

1968 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – Second

1968 – Olympic Games – Men’s Eight Four seat – Silver

1969 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – First

1970 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – First

1970 – World Championships – Men’s Eight six seat – Fifth

1971 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship three seat – First

1972 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship emergency

1980 – National Championships Men’s Four – First

1980 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship two seat – First


1968 M8 cropped


Above – 1968 Olympic Eight – David in four seat

David was the only non NSW oarsman to be selected into the silver medal winning 1968 Olympic eight. As the NSW crew was a tight and success crew, fashioned by Sydney Rowing Club coach Phil Cayzer and stroke Alf Duval, this was a significant achievement. David is the father of Georgina Douglas, another rowing Olympian in 1996 and 2000 and Robert, who is an Australian representative. David returned to rowing some 12 years after his Olympic silver medal to win a King’s Cup and a National Championship men’s four. His experience played a large role in the development of several rowers who went onto being Olympians. He also was a highly influential person at Mercantile Rowing Club where he was Chairman of Selectors for several years.


Andrew Guerin Sept 2015


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