Storey in 2008
|Full name||Dudley Leonard Storey|
27 November 1939|
Wairoa, New Zealand
6 March 2017 (aged 77)|
Auckland, New Zealand
Storey was born in 1939 in Wairoa, New Zealand. After having received an invitation to the Henley Royal Regatta, he won the inaugural Prince Phillip Challenge Cup regatta in 1963 in Henley-on-Thames. That year, the Henley regatta was regarded as the event that came closest to a world championship. Darien Boswell, Peter Masfen and Alistair Dryden made up the other rowers, and Bob Page was the cox. The same coxed four team then went to the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where they placed a disappointing eighth.
For the 1968 Summer Olympics, New Zealand qualified an eight and had a pool of four rowers and a cox as a travelling reserve; Storey was part of this reserve. Preparations were held in Christchurch at Kerr's Reach on the Avon River. The reserve rowers were unhappy with the "spare parts" tag and felt that they were good enough to perhaps win a medal if put forward as a coxed four. The manager, Rusty Robertson, commented about them that they were "the funniest looking crew you've ever seen". There were stern discussions with the New Zealand selectors. In a training run, the coxed four was leading the eight over the whole race. In the end, the reserve rowers got their way and New Zealand entered both the coxed four and the coxed eight. Storey won the Olympic coxed four event along with Dick Joyce, Ross Collinge, Warren Cole and Simon Dickie (cox); this was New Zealand's first gold medal in rowing.
Storey competed at the 1971 European Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, and came fourth with the coxed four, alongside Noel Mills, Ross Collinge, Raymond Barry, and Peter Lindsay as cox. At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich he teamed with Dick Tonks, Collinge and Mills to win the Silver medal in the coxless four.
Storey was manager of the successful New Zealand rowing teams from 1982 to 1986. He managed the 1982 and 1983 New Zealand eight, the country's rowing teams at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and the teams at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. He later coached Baradene College of the Sacred Heart's rowing squad.
In the 1983 New Year Honours, Storey was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to rowing. Storey's medal-winning 1968 rowing crew was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. The boat that won the 1963 Prince Phillip Challenge Cup, bought in England for £300, is on display at the Auckland Rowing Club.
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