Athol Earl

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Athol Earl
Personal information
Birth name Athol John Earl
Born (1952-10-01) 1 October 1952 (age 65)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Height 196 cm (6 ft 5 in)[1]
Weight 95 kg (209 lb)[1]
Sport Rowing

Athol John "Joe" Earl (born 1 October 1952)[1] is a former New Zealand rower who won two Olympic medals.

Earl was born in 1952 in Christchurch, New Zealand.[2] He received his education at St. Andrew's College, where he started rowing under Fred Strachan. As Strachan was one of the national rowing selectors, Earl was picked ahead of more experienced oarsmen (according to his own statement) for the New Zealand eight that was to contest the 1971 European Rowing Championships.[3] The eight won gold, to the surprise of everybody, at the regatta in Copenhagen. At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich he teamed with Dick Joyce, Wybo Veldman, John Hunter, Lindsay Wilson, Tony Hurt, Trevor Coker and Gary Robertson and Simon Dickie (cox) to win the gold medal in the eights. He rowed with the coxed eight in the 1975 World Rowing Championships in Nottingham, Great Britain, and won a bronze medal.[4] At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal he again crewed the eight which this time won the bronze medal. His crewmates this time were Alec McLean, Ivan Sutherland, Trevor Coker, Peter Dignan, Lindsay Wilson, Tony Hurt and Dave Rodger and Simon Dickie (cox).

Earl's father died young and he took over his father's farm for some years. Afterwards, he was farming at Blackball on the West Coast. He then went into real estate and was at first branch manager in Rangiora before he sold real estate from Christchurch.[2][5]


  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Joe Earl". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Athol Earl". New Zealand Olympic Committee. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Bidwell, Peter (2010). Reflections of Gold. Auckland: HarperCollins. pp. 58f. ISBN 978-1-86950-808-1. 
  4. ^ "(M8+) Men's Eight - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Maddaford, Terry (26 July 2002). "Rowing: Stroking aside the decades". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 

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