Since stroking  the oars  in the first ever  First VIII BGS rowing crew in the APS competition in 1961  Roger has had  a passion for the sport. In rowing circles  he is known as the ‘voice of rowing’ having commentated at literally hundreds of regattas including  40 Heads of the River, 39 Kings Cups (the Australian State Championship for eights) for the ABC and  the Olympic Games in Barcelona (1992),  Atlanta (1996)  when Australia  won two gold medals, and Sydney (2000). Roger has  also  been an accomplished rowing correspondent for The Age, The Herald  Sun  and  Weekly Times  for over 30 years. As well as his commentating, Roger was  the General Manager of Forty Winks, the well known bedding company, building the franchise up from a small number of stores to more  than  90. Roger was  President of the Franchise Council  of Australia  from 2001  to 2003  and was  elected to their ‘Hall of Fame’  in 2006  – one  of only 23 people to date. Roger is also  a great  lover of Australian Rules football. He played over 200 games of Australian Amateur Rules football with the Old Brighton Grammarians. He was a committee member, coach, ‘Best and  Fairest’  and Honorary Life Member. Roger was  granted the Medal of the Order  of Australia  in 2009  for service to the sport  of rowing, particularly  as a media commentator to business and  to the community.

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