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MORELL, Robert Charles OAM (c1930-2013)

MORELL, Robert Charles OAM (c1930-2013)

'Bob’ Morell, a long-time member of the Corio Bay Rowing Club since 1937 was a much remembered coach of both Geelong College and Morongo College rowers over many decades. He coached College crews in the 1950s and through the 1980s and 1990s, training thousands of school rowers during his career. He was affectionately and popularly known as ‘Mr Rowing’.

He was a life member of the Corio Bay Club as well as of Rowing Victoria. In 1973, he started Geelong's first women’s Rowing Club. He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his services to rowing, particularly the development of masters' rowing. The College rowing VIII, ‘Bob’ Morell, was named in his honour in 1989. ‘Bob’ died on 23 September 2013.

Sources: Geelong Advertiser 25 Sept 2013.
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