Ernest Chapman

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Olympic medal record
Men's Rowing
Bronze medal – third place 1952 Helsinki Men's eight

Ernest William Chapman, OAM (11 April 1926 – 21 March 2013)[1] was an Australian rower and a lifelong clubman at the Sydney Rowing Club. He competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics.

Chapman (back row far left) in the 1952 Olympic Rowing Squad

His rowing career started at the Balmain Rowing Club in Sydney but he switched allegiances to the Sydney Rowing Club at the end of the 1940s and commenced a long association with the Sydney club.[2]

In 1952 he rowed in the two seat of the Australian boat which won the bronze medal in the eights event.

He served as vice-captain of Sydney Rowing Club for eight consecutive seasons from 1951. He was the club president in two tenures from 1975 to 1978 and then from 1979 till 1995.

He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the sport of rowing.


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