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VALE: Eric Waller

Rowing Australia has paid tribute to the innovative and tireless contribution of Eric Waller, a former rower, coach, administrator and race official credited with lifting the standard of regattas around the country.

Eric, who passed away on Friday after a long illness, was described as a gentleman of Australian rowing. Humble but spirited, respectful but determined, collaborative but persistent, he served the sport with skill and enthusiasm at all levels and across almost six decades.

It was his work on regattas, however, that will be remembered as his greatest contribution. Eric understood regattas were events, and greatly improved the standard of state and national level competitions over a 30-year period.

He took on the Field of Play role for at least eight national regattas and at international events held in Victoria, and founded an association of Australian boat drivers, the team going on to work on the 1990 World Championships and the Sydney Olympics. Due to the professionalism and camaraderie of this group, there was a queue of people wanting to join.

Eric was capable of getting things done while others were still talking about what to do. Credit for his work never crossed his mind; it was the lifting of standards which brought him joy.

Rowing Australia sends its condolences to Eric’s family and thanks him for a lifetime dedicated to our wonderful sport.

For more details on Eric, please see his full bio at the Australian Rowing History site.