Rowing Australia was deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Victorian rower and administrator, John Whiting.
Mr Whiting battled cancer valiantly but sadly passed away on Monday 25 April. An active member of Victoria’s rowing community, Mr Whiting was a long-time member of Melbourne University Boat Club and a current member of the club’s management committee.
A multiple Australian Masters Rowing Champion, in numerous boat categories, he regularly competed at Masters regattas with Olympic gold medallist and MUBC President Peter Antonie. Mr Whiting and Mr Antonie also co-founded the Melbourne Head Regatta in 2004.
Mr Whiting also held a number of important roles on Rowing Australia Commissions and Event Boards in his time. This included being Chair of the ROMS Review Commission (2010-2013), Chair of the Rowing Australia Masters Commission (2013 to 2014) and a Member of the 2014 World Rowing Masters Regatta held in Ballarat, Victoria in October 2014.
Mr Whiting will be deeply missed by not only the Victorian and Australian rowing community but also the Masters community around the world.