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VALE: Harald Jahrling

Rowing Australia is mourning the loss of former Australian rowing coach Harald Jahrling, who passed away in his home in Germany.

Jahrling rowed and coached for East Germany across multiple Olympic cycles, winning two Gold medals at the 1976 Montreal and 1980 Moscow Olympics as an athlete before German unification in 1989.

Following his time in Germany, Harald made the move to Australia where he has held a number of roles, including leading the NSWIS Rowing Program and working for Rowing Australia. He coached Australian crews at a number of World Championships and the 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Harald’s son Rob has also had a decorated rowing career for Australia, competing at three Olympic Games including as a member of the Men’s Eight crew that won a Silver medal at the 2000 Games in Sydney.

Rowing Australia passes on its deepest condolences to Harald’s family and the many friends he made across the wider rowing community.