Kinnear in 1912
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Better known to his friends as Wally, Kinnear was born in Laurencekirk in 1880, where he became a draper's assistant. He left home in 1902 for a career with the chain store Debenhams in London. Work colleagues introduced him to sculling and he became hooked. He first joined the Cavendish Rowing Club and in 1903 won the West End ARA sculling championship. He repeated this success in 1904 and 1905.
Kinnear then joined the Kensington Rowing Club and won many sculling championships on the River Thames over the next few years. In 1910 he won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta and the Wingfield Sculls when he beat Robert Bourne. In 1911 he beat Eric Powell to win the Diamonds, regained the Wingfield Sculls and won the London Cup at the Metropolitan Regatta to achieve sculling's "Triple Crown".
Kinnear won the gold medal in the single sculls, rowing at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm. He captured the Olympic title comfortably and later the same year bagged his third successive Wingfield Sculls. He lost the Wingfield Sculls in 1913 to Jock Wise.
During World War One Kinnear served with the Royal Naval Air Service and afterwards became a rowing coach.
Kinnear was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame on 12 of March 2007.
Kinnear was Godfather to writer Eric Newby, as mentioned in Newby's 1962 book "Something Wholesale"
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