Rowing Australia was saddened to hear of the passing of Roland ‘Ron’ Richardson last week after a long illness. A member of Mercantile Rowing Club, Mr Richardson was a long standing Rowing Australia umpire and was also the Chairman of Henley-on-Yarra at the time when the organisation brought the World Cup sculling event to the regatta (which was won by Australia’s own Peter Antonie). The event was the first time that a World Cup event was staged in the Southern Hemisphere. Mr Richardson, along with his wife Rosemary, worked tirelessly to persuade FISA, Rowing Australia, the City of Melbourne, sponsors and key people within and outside of the sport to see the benefits of the event.
The thoughts of the whole rowing community are with Rosemary. The funeral will take place at St Joseph’s Malvern, 45 Stanhope Street, Malvern 3144 at 2pm on Friday 3 February.
With thanks to Andrew Guerin.