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Edward Officer Hale

Edward Officer Hale

Member 1987

b. 23 August 1947

Ted Hale is recognised as one of Australia's greatest rowers. Hale became a household name with his dominance of senior sculling in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Ted's frustrating early years in which success at national championships eluded him by short margins came to an end when, showing great character and perseverance, he won the President's Cup (the Australian championship for single sculls) in 1976. He went on to win the cup again in 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981.

In addition, Ted won numerous State and Interstate sculling championships - he has won the Tasmanian Single Sculling championships on seven occasions, 1971, 72, 73, 74, 75, 1983 and 1984.

In a career spanning 20 years, 1976 was undoubtedly his best year when he won his first Australian sculling championship, the double sculls and quad sculls, the New Zealand title, the prestigious Diamond Sculls in England, and was selected to compete in the Montreal Olympics.