Henry Robert PEARCE

Australia AUS

Rowing

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Amsterdam 1928
  • Year of Birth
    1905
Olympic Results

Biography

Henry Robert PEARCE

At the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, Henry Robert Pearce, a third-generation sculling champion from the Sydney suburb of Double Bay, faced an unexpected challenge in the middle of his quarterfinal race against Victor Saurin of France: a family of ducks passed single-file in front of his boat.

Pearce let them pass and then sculled to victory, much to the delight of the Dutch onlookers. In the final, Pearce defeated Kenneth Myers of the United States by the unusually large margin of 9.8 seconds. Pearce had hoped that his Olympic win would allow him to row in the Diamond Sculls at Henley, but he was refused admission because he was a carpenter. Back in Sydney he was unable to find work due to the Depression.

When Lord Dewar, the Canadian whisky manufacturer, learned of Pearce's plight, he offered him a job as a salesman. This new position made Pearce eligible for Henley, since he was no longer a laborer.

In 1931 he went to London and won the Diamond Sculls by six lengths. Although he moved to Hamilton, Ontario, in Canada, Pearce represented Australia again in 1932.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Los Angeles 1932

G
Single Sculls
Single Sculls Rowing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Amsterdam 1928

G
Single Sculls
Single Sculls Rowing