Nicholas Birkmyre

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Nicholas Birkmyre
Personal information
Born (1937-02-21) 21 February 1937 (age 81)
Sport Rowing

Nicholas John Birkmyre (born 21 February 1937) is a former rower who competed for Great Britain in the 1960 Olympic games and won Double Sculls Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta four times.

Birkmyre was born at Cranleigh, Surrey, and was educated at Radley College. He became a member of Bristol Ariel Rowing Club.[1] In 1959, partnering George Justicz, he was runner up at the Double Sculls Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.[2] In 1960 the pair won the Double Sculls Challenge Cup and went on to compete in the double sculls at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, where they did not advance beyond the repechage.[3] Birkmyre and Justicz won the double sculls at Henley again in 1961 and won a silver medal at the 1961 European Rowing Championships.[4] They then joined Leander Club and in 1962 won the double sculls at Henley, came fifth in the 1962 World Rowing Championships and won a gold medal at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. They made their final winning appearance in the double sculls at Henley 1964.

Birkmyre became a farmer at Great Witley, Worcestershire and has been an active supporter of the community.[5]


  1. ^ Bristol Ariel R C
  2. ^ Henley Royal Regatta Results of Final Races 1946–2003 Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Nicholas Birkmyre". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  4. ^ Heckert, Karlheinz. "Rudern – Europameisterschaften (Herren – Doppelzweier)" (in German). Sport Komplett. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  5. ^ Great Whitley Church Fete