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Vale Barclay Wade

Rowing Australia is mourning the loss of Tokyo 1964 Olympian Barclay Wade (NSW).

Barclay was born in North Sydney and grew up in Clifton Gardens, NSW.  He attended Shore School at North Sydney where he was a member of a number of winning crews including 1961 Head of the River crew.

That same year, he was part of the all-Mosman Australian Rowing Team to New Zealand and at the age of 17, he won a bronze medal at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth.

In 1962 and 1964 Barclay won the Australian Double Scull Championships.

Barclay proudly represented Australia in the Men’s Double Sculls at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964 and in latter years, Barclay became a coach at the Mosman Rowing Club.

Barclay was tour leader for the Australian Olympians who returned to Tokyo in 2014 to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games.

Barclay spent a lot of his life volunteering, including 22 years for Lifeline (four years as Vice president for the Northern Beaches Lifeline) and six years with Camp Quality.  He was one of SOCOG’s preliminary planning volunteers and an official guide to SOCOG’s venues during the construction stage in the lead to Sydney 2000.  He treasured his Olympic moments above all.

After suffering some bad health for several years, Barclay sadly passed away on 26 December 2021.  As a keen yachtsman, his family said, fittingly, he waited to set his sails at the exact time the boats were lining up for a race he has always loved – the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Rowing Australia extends its condolences to Barclay’s friends and family.


With thanks to Australian Olympic Committee