Bill Dixon (rower)
William John Dixon (born 9 November 1912, date of death unknown) was an Australian rower. He was a four-time national champion who competed in the men's double sculls event at the 1936 Summer Olympics.
|Born||9 November 1912|
|Education||St Joseph's College|
|Club||Sydney Rowing Club|
|Achievements and titles|
|National finals||King's Cup 1933-39|
|Olympic finals||1936 Berlin Olympics M2X|
Club and state rowing
Dixon was educated at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill with 1929 as his senior year. His senior rowing was from the Sydney Rowing Club and in the 1931-32 season he stroked a Sydney maiden four. He won a New South Wales state championship in the coxed four the following year.
In 1933 Dixon made state selection in the New South Wales men's eight which contested and won the King's Cup at the Interstate Regatta. He rowed in four successive King's Cup winning New South Wales eights between 1933 and 1936 and then contested the event on three further occasions from 1937 to 1939.
International representative rowing
In 1936 Australian Olympic Federation funding was scarce. The NSW Police Rowing Club eight which dominated the Sydney club season and the New South Wales state championship was selected in toto as Australia's men's eight to compete at the 1936 Berlin Olympics with their attendance wholly funded by the NSW Police Federation. Cecil Pearce was the selected single sculler and Herb Turner picked for the double. The selectors picked Dixon as the reserve sweep-oarsman and asked him to row the double-scull with Turner. Though Dixon had not sculled before selection, he and Turner were the best performers of the three Australian boats in Berlin. They made the Olympic final and placed sixth.
In 1938 Dixon was one of five New South Welshman selected in the men's eight for the 1938 Commonwealth Games. That eight took the silver medal behind the British crew.
In WWII Dixon served in the Australian Army. He enlisted early in the war in 1940 and had the rank of sergeant with the 2/5th Field regiment when was discharged at the war's end in 1945.
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Bill Dixon Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
- St Joseph's magazine 1929
- Sydney Rows History
- 1933 Interstate Regatta
- "1936 Interstate Regatta". Archived from the original on 12 October 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
- "1939 Interstate Regatta". Archived from the original on 12 October 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
- "Sydney Rows history". Archived from the original on 29 September 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
- "1936 Olympics". Archived from the original on 29 September 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
- "1938 C'wealth Games". Archived from the original on 28 February 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
- Dixon at WWII Nominal Roll