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Fred Strachan named NZRA Vice Patron

  • 25 May 15

Fred Strachan was named the New Zealand Rowing Association Vice Patron at the Annual General Meeting held in Christchurch on Saturday 23 May 2015. Fred has dedicated his life to rowing and his first involvement came in 1946 where he became a member of North End Rowing Club.

In 1949 he was made the North End Rowing Club Secretary, moving on to become Club Captain from 1950 to 1954 and 1963 to 1965, and President from 1961 to 1962. Fred is a Life Member of the North End Rowing Club.

Fred was an Otago Provincial Representative in 1948. He was a Delegate from 1950 for many years and President in 1961-62. Fred is a Life Member of the Otago Rowing Association. In 1969 Fred transferred to Christchurch as Butterfield’s Manager until 1978.

Fred was also been involved with Avon Rowing Club as a coach. Fred is an excellent coach having coached many crews to be New Zealand Champions. The Coxed Pairs in 1973; the Coxed Four in 1974, 1975, 1976; the Mens Eight in 1976 and the Coxless Fours in 1978 and 1979. Fred is Patron of the Avon Rowing Club.

Fred has held many titles within the New Zealand Rowing Association. From 1964 to 1988 he was a New Zealand Selector, including convenor from 1966 to 1988. He held the office of Councillor from 1972 to 1973, Vice President twice in 1969 to 1970 and 1980 to 1985, and President from 1985 to 1990. Fred was awarded a Service Award Blazer in 1979 and has been a Life Member of the New Zealand Rowing Association since 1990.

Internationally, Fred was Juge-Arbitre in 1964 at the Tokyo Olympic Games, officiating at World Championship in 1970, 1978 and 1981 and Olympic Games in 1968, 1972, 1976 before retiring in 1988 on reaching the age limit.

In 1952, Fred began coaching school boys from King Edward Technical College and later from Kings High School and currently from Otago Boys High School. He held the position of Secretary from 1955 to 1969 and Chairman in 1985 with the Otago Secondary School Rowing Association, and he was the Otago representative on the Inaugural Executive Committee in 1967 for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Association.

In 1967 he became a New Zealand Licenced Regatta Umpire No.3.

Among the many awards that Fred has received the most significant must be the Queen’s Service Medal in 1991 and the Halberg Award – Lifetime Achievement in 2005.

New Zealand Rowing is very proud to award the appointment of Vice Patron to Fred Strachan.