The below article originally appeared on the on the Mercantile Rowing Club website. The below appears on RA’s website courtesy of RA Board Director, Andrew Guerin.
It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of one of the Club’s great members, Graeme McCall. Graeme had been ill for some time but died suddenly yesterday from heart disease. Our sincerest condolences to wife Julie and family. Daughter Felicity and son Duncan raced for Mercantile and grandson Alex Wolf raced in the Mercs and Victorian youth eights this year (2016).
Graeme began his rowing career at Scotch College and was a member of many school crews, rowing in the 6 seat of the Scotch 1st Crew in 1955. After leaving school he joined Mercantile Rowing Club and rowed in their Junior and Senior Crews under the coaching of Norm Cairns and Robert Aitken, with some great successes. He went on to represent Victoria in five Kings Cup crews and then Australia rowing in the 1st World Rowing Championships in Switzerland, the Commonwealth Games in Perth, and the Olympic Games in Japan, in the 6 Seat . After retiring from active rowing he coached at Mercantile and an Australian 8 and pair who competed in New Zealand in 1967. Graeme is the father of Felicity McCall an Australian representative and grandfather of current Mercs youth eight member Alex Wolf.
Above: Graeme departing for the 1964 Olympic Games – third from right
1959 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship four seat – Second
1960 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship four seat – Third
1961 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – First
1962 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship four seat – First
1962 – British Empire & Commonwealth Games – Men’s Eight six seat – Gold
1962 – World Championships – Men’s Eight six seat – Fifth
1964 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – First
1964 – Olympic Games – Men’s Eight six seat – Eighth
1967 – Coach of Australian Crews, tour of New Zealand
1989-91 – Councillor for Victoria on AARC