Roger Buick Wilson OAM
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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