Rowing Australia is saddened to announce the sudden passing of Olympian, Hamish McLachlan. He was McVilly-Pearce pin number 396.
McLachlan was born on 27 July 1967, and made his debut for Australia in the Men’s Coxed Four at the 1987 World Rowing Championships. The following year, the South Australian was selected in the Australian Men’s Eight that competed at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, the crew finished fifth overall.
McLachlan’s selection into the 1988 Olympic Games saw him join eight members of Australia’s 1986 World Championship winning Men’s Eight. He sat in two seat, racing in a crew consisting of James Galloway, Andrew Cooper, Mike McKay, Mark Doyle, James Tomkins, Ion Popa, Stephen Evans and coxswain, Dale Caterson.
McLachlan spent his rowing career based between Canberra at the AIS Rowing Program and Adelaide in South Australia. After the conclusion of his Olympic campaign, McLachlan returned to Adelaide. His brother Alastair also rowed for Australia in the 1990s, and is McVilly-Pearce rower number 508.
Sadly, McLachlan passed away on 21 December 2020, aged just 53.
The Olympic flag will be offered to the family, with details for a funeral to be announced in due course. Our thoughts are with all the McLachlan family at this difficult time.