Rowing Australia is saddened to hear of the passing of Joel Mayne, McVilly Pearce Pin Number 364.
Joel represented Australia in the Men’s Eight at the 1985 World Rowing Championships, rising through the ranks after representing Australia in the Under 19 Men’s Coxed Four at the 1982 World Junior Championships and the Men’s Eight at the 1983 Trans-Tasman Series.
Joel commenced his rowing career at CBC in Adelaide. He was a strong rower with natural length which made him a significant asset in any crew. His natural sporting ability was evident with him taking a year off rowing in 1984 to play football at the highest amateur level.
No doubt Joel would have thoroughly enjoyed his win in the 1983 Interstate Youth Eight Championship, the first win in that event by South Australia. This is a tough race to win and to win on Perth’s Canning River by just 0.03 second, would have been very satisfying. The Victorian led until the last 100m when he lifted the South Australians from the stroke seat to storm home. The judges took 10 minutes to make a decision.
Rowing Australia Deputy Performance Director Jaime Fernandez remembers Joel fondly.
“He was a very charismatic person and well-loved amongst rowing people, with whom he remained in touch, particularly a number of his crew mates from back in the day. I knew him and his family as a schoolboy in Adelaide as he and his brother were alumni of the same school as me, CBC. His father would let us stop over at his place between races at West Lakes when there on regatta days,” Fernandez said.
Joel died at home on Wednesday 27 April 2022.
Thursday 12 May
12pm @ Centennial Park (Heysen Chapel)
Adelaide University Boat Club (War Memorial Drive)
Rowing Australia extends its deepest sympathies to Joel’s family and friends at this very sad time.
With thanks to Andrew Guerin