Gary Robertson (rower)

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Gary Robertson
Personal information
Birth name Gary David Robertson
Born 12 April 1950 (1950-04-12) (age 67)
Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
Relatives Eric Murray (son-in-law)
Rusty Robertson (uncle)

Gary David Robertson (born 12 April 1950 in Oamaru, Otago) is a former New Zealand rower who won an Olympic gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.

He teamed with Dick Joyce, Wybo Veldman, John Hunter, Lindsay Wilson, Athol Earl, Trevor Coker and Tony Hurt and Simon Dickie (cox) to win the gold medal in the coxed eight. Robertson is only one of two New Zealand Olympic gold medallists who never managed to win a national premier title. Robertson is the nephew of famed New Zealand rowing coach Rusty Robertson.[1] His daughter, who is also a rower, married Olympic champion rower Eric Murray. The Robertsons lived in Australia for a while but returned to live in Cambridge, New Zealand when their daughter was pregnant.[2]

Gary Robertson later worked as a full-time rowing coach in Christchurch.[3] He now coaches at Waikato Diocesean School for Girls, previously Sydney Rowing Club.


  1. ^ "Gary Robertson". New Zealand Olympic Committee. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Jillings, Kasia (21 March 2013). "Eric Murray & Gary Robertson: Our oarsome double". New Idea. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Maddaford, Terry (26 July 2002). "Rowing: Stroking aside the decades". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 

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