Simon Dickie

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Simon Dickie
Personal information
Birth name Simon Charles Dickie[1]
Born (1951-03-31) 31 March 1951 (age 66)
Waverley, Taranaki, New Zealand
Height 172 cm (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight 54 kg (119 lb)[1]
Sport
Sport Rowing
Club Wellington Rowing Club[1]

Simon Charles Dickie (born 31 March 1951) is a former New Zealand rowing cox who won three Olympic medals.

Dickie was born in 1951 in Waverley in Taranaki, New Zealand.[2]

For the 1968 Summer Olympics, New Zealand qualified an eight and had a pool of four rowers and a cox as a travelling reserve; Dickie was part of this reserve as their cox. 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".[3] 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.[4] Dickie won the Olympic coxed four event along with Dick Joyce, Dudley Storey, Ross Collinge and Warren Cole;[5] this was New Zealand's first gold medal in rowing.[3]

At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich he teamed with Dick Joyce, Tony Hurt, Wybo Veldman, John Hunter, Lindsay Wilson, Athol Earl, Trevor Coker and Gary Robertson to win the gold medal in the eights. At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal he was again cox for the eight which this time won the bronze medal. His crewmates this time were Tony Hurt, Alec McLean, Ivan Sutherland, Trevor Coker, Peter Dignan, Lindsay Wilson, Athol Earl and Dave Rodger.

Dickie is only one of ten New Zealanders to have won two or more Olympic gold medals. He later owned an adventure company in Taupo.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Simon Dickie". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Simon Dickie". New Zealand Olympic Committee. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Famed New Zealand Olympic rower Dudley Storey dies". Stuff.co.nz. 6 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "New Zealand Rowing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Rowing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games: Men's Coxed Fours". Sports Reference. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Maddaford, Terry (26 July 2002). "Rowing: Stroking aside the decades". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 

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