Rowing Australia was saddened to learn of the passing of Olympic coxswain, Ian Johnston on 4 September 2018. Mr Johnston, who passed away after a battle with cancer, remains Australia’s youngest Olympian, to date, after going to Rome in 1960 as cox for the Men’s Coxed Pair that finished fourth in its repechage.
Mr Johnston was 13 years and 75 days old when he steered Neville Howell and the Honourable Paul Guest QC OAM at Lake Albano, a volcanic crater in Lazio, south of Rome.
The thoughts of the whole rowing community are with Mr Johnston’s friends and family. Mr Johnston was McVilly-Pearce pin number 113.