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Vale John Rodgers

Rowing Australia was saddened to learn about the passing of Mr Alfred John Rodgers, known as John, on Saturday March 26 2016. Mr Rodgers’ funeral took place yesterday, Monday 4 April in Cronulla.

Mr Rodgers represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952. He rowed in the double scull with Murray Riley, and placed sixth overall at the Games. The two had previously rowed the double scull at the Royal Henley Regatta, and placed second.

A member of the Kapyla Club, a group of Australia Olympians who competed in 1952 Games, Mr Rodgers regularly met with his fellow Olympians at reunions of the club.

At State level, Mr Rodgers represented New South Wales in the Kings Cup Regatta in 1954 in Hobart, finishing second, and 1955 in Adelaide, where the crew placed third.

A member of the Sydney Rowing Club, Mr Rodgers was recognised by the club in the 1953/54 season when he was awarded the John Hackett Memorial Trophy, awarded to the rower who has won the most points in the Rowing New South Wales Season. Prior to this honour, he had also won the A Grade Winter Series Competition in 1951, and then again in 1953.

Outside of rowing, Mr Rodgers worked for many years in the motor vehicle industry, both in Sydney and also in rural New South Wales.

Mr Rodgers was McVilly-Pearce rower number 67 and Rowing Australia will work with his family to organise the presentation of his pin in due course.