Rowing Australia is saddened to announce the passing of two-time Australian rowing Olympian, David Boykett OAM. Mr Boykett had been battling cancer for some time and sadly passed away on the morning of 10 February 2016.
Born in 1934, Mr Boykett was a legend of Australian rowing, an Olympic bronze medallist, dual Olympian, Australian Rowing Team member and coach and an innovator in the areas of coach education and the development of youth and school rowing in Australia.
A proud Victorian and member of Mercantile Rowing Club, Mr Boykett first represented Australia in 1956 as a member of Australia’s bronze medal winning Men’s Eight at the Melbourne Olympic Games. He went on to represent Australia again at Olympic level in 1964 at the Tokyo Olympic Games, while he also represented Australia at multiple World Rowing Championships.
Mr Boykett was McVilly-Pearce rower number 91 and claimed seven King’s Cup titles whilst rowing for Victoria’s Men’s Eight in the Interstate Regatta.
At the conclusion of his rowing career continued to actively support all aspects of the sport, including initiating and managing the first Junior Australian Rowing Team at the World Rowing Junior Championships in 1973. Mr Boykett was also known for being a great supporter of women’s rowing when the resources available to that area of the sport were sparse in comparison to the present day.
He went on to be FISA Umpire and Australian Umpire, while also continuing to be heavily involved in youth rowing development at Scotch College in Melbourne and in Victoria as a whole. Mr Boykett was also part of the fundraising committee for Australian Rowing Teams in 1966, 1967 (Chair), 1970, 1973, 1979 (Chair).
Rowing Australia will be making Mr Boykett’s McVilly-Pearce pin available to his family.