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In memoriam – Dudley Storey

  • 07 Mar 17

Former Olympic Champion and rowing icon Dudley Storey passed away yesterday at the age of 77.

Storey, who won gold in the coxed four at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and silver in the coxless four at Munich in 1972, was recently diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

With a highly successful rowing affiliation stretching back more than 60 years, Storey was widely recognised and respected within the rowing community.

After retiring from the sport, Storey managed rowing teams at the Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984 and the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986. He later continued to work as a team manager, umpire, and selector as well as coaching at several Auckland schools.

In 1983, Storey was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to rowing and the 1968 crew were inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

Rowing New Zealand extends its sincere condolences to the Storey family, and his many friends and athletes.

A short celebration of Dudley’s life and rowing career can be viewed on the New Zealand Olympic Team Facebook page.