Graeme ‘Mick’ Allan (rowing) is a two-time Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games medallist, winning silver as part of the men’s eight and bronze in the men’s coxed four. Allan began his rowing career at 15-years-old when a high school friend invited him to go rowing in Sydney Harbour. Mick quickly excelled in the sport, earning selection to the Australian Team for the Melbourne 1956 Olympics. He would then be selected for the Cardiff 1958 Games, celebrating his twentieth birthday while at the Games in Wales on his first overseas trip. Returning to Sydney following the Games, Mick focused on his carpentry apprenticeship while maintaining his rowing training, making for a hard day. Allan went on to represent Australia at both the Rome 1960 and Tokyo 1964 Olympics. Giving back to the sport, he was a dedicated servant of the Sydney Rowing Club, sharing his knowledge of the sport to the next generations and tradesman’s skills to repair and maintain boats. Graeme Allan passed away in October 2021, aged 83.
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