Ralph Doubell AM to speak at Centenary of Rowing Gala Dinner
Australian Olympic champion and Melbourne High School Old Boy, Ralph Doubell AM (1962) has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the 2013 Centenary of Rowing Gala Dinner.
Doubell, although not a rower himself, was a keen athlete at the school and went on to win gold in the 800m at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games in a world record time that still stands as the fastest ever by an Australian. Under the guidance of coach Franz Stampfl, Doubell’s Olympic triumph is a story of overcoming adversity in all its forms: false starts and the oxygen-depleted local environment, balancing training and full-time studies and ascending from 4th place in the MHS House Athletics triple jump (as a 14 year-old) to Olympic champion just nine years later.
The MHS Boat Club is pleased to provide the opportunity to bid on some exclusive auction items on the evening; notable pieces include a signed BMC cycling jersey from 2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans, luxury weekend packages to regional Victoria, a brand new Concept 2 Rowing Ergometer, several antique MHS rowing blades and the opportunity to purchase the rights to name one of the school’s new single sculls.
Please join us to mark the celebration of 100 years of rowing at MHS with what will prove to be memorable evening.
Get your booking in quickly as RSVP closes on February 11th 2013.
When: Saturday February 23rd 2013
Where: Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Time: 7 for 7.30pm start
RSVP: February 11th, 2013