In 1967 the Brisbane Grammar School First Eight claimed the iconic Head of the River race and 50 years later the team reunited for an anniversary row on Saturday 1 April 2017.
The celebrated '67 crew not only won the Head of the River, but also the Old Boys' Cup, the O'Connor Cup, several regatta races against senior club crews and had only one defeat by a school crew. Despite diverse backgrounds, personalities and life experiences, the new challenge of the reunion row reactivated team bonds and fired up the old competitive spirit within the crew.
That spirit and teamwork developed through rowing were the foundations for successful careers that include two engineers, two teachers, a veterinarian, a solicitor, a neuro scientist, an accountancy company owner and director, and an army officer and project director. Those careers took the individuals all over Australia and the world, but now all but two are based in south east Queensland and northern NSW.
The crew and their coach are connected permanently with Brisbane Grammar School's current and future rowers, after they donated a perpetual rowing award to the school in recognition of their coach. The Barry Montague Cup is awarded for the Ergo Champion of the Year. It was a special moment when Mr Montague presented the cup to the inaugural winner Logan Ullrich at the recent BGS rowing presentation lunch.
The reunion row not only reached back 50 years, it reached across the entire BGS rowing community. The School and the rowers, the Tipperoo Club rowing support group and the Brisbane Grammarians Rowing Club worked together for this unique event.
Then and now. The below two photos show the BGS '67 First Eight 50 years ago and this year. Left to right: Chris Gasteen, David Grimmett, Terrence Vardy, Graham O’Rielly, Wally Arndt, Tim Wheatley, Michael Beaver, Peter Logan, Chris Bampton. Coach Barry Montague.