Rowing Australia was deeply saddened to learn of the passing last month of Australian Rowing Team member, Allan Pollock, after a battle with lung cancer.
Allan passed away in the evening of Saturday, November 19th 2016, aged 60 years. Representing St George Rowing Club, Allan was a three time medallist in the Lightweight Single Scull at the National Championships, winning back to back Silver Medals in 1982 and 1983 as well as a Bronze Medal in 1985.
Allan represented Australia in the 1983 World Championships in the Lightweight Men’s Single Scull, placing fifth. He won the National Championship in the Men’s Double Scull in Lake Barrington, Tasmania in 1984 in partnership with Tim McLaren and later that year was selected as a Reserve for the Men’s Quad Scull which won the Silver Medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.
In 2008, after a long break from competition, Allan returned to the water with St George Rowing Club in Masters Competition. Three years later, he again enjoyed success on Lake Barrington, winning the Men’s E Double at the Australian Masters, this time with Peter McLaren, Tim’s brother. Also in 2011, Allan was selected in an all-St George NSW Masters Quad Scull that won the Bronze Medal. Allan was a Life Member of St George Rowing Club and served as Vice-Captain as well as on the Board of Directors.
Allan was McVilly-Pearce Rower Number 333 and received his pin before his passing.
This obituary originally appeared on Rowing New South Wales’ website here.