This year the Trustees of the Bromley Trust Fund, John Coates AC, Stephen Hinchy OAM and Andrew Guerin are pleased to announce that six athletes are set to receive $4000 each from the fund to contribute towards their seat fees for their respective World Rowing Championships. The 2018 Under 23 Women’s Pair of Giorgia Patten and Bronwyn Cox, the U23 Men’s Pair of Andrew Judge and Jack O’Brien and the Junior Men’s Pair of Hamish Wynn-Pope and Jack Thornton will all receive grants.
The U23 Women’s Pair of Giorgia Patten (West Australian Rowing Club/WA/WAIS) and Bronwyn Cox (University of WA Boat Club/WA/WAIS) and the U23 Men’s Pair of Andrew Judge and Jack O’Brien (both from Sydney University Boat Club/NSW/NSWIS) will compete at the 2018 World Rowing U23 Championships set to be held in Poznan, Poland from 25 to 29 July 2018. Meanwhile the Junior Men’s Pair of Hamish Wynn-Pope (Geelong Grammar Boat Club/VIC) and Jack Thornton (Geelong College Boat Club/VIC) will compete at the World Rowing Junior Championships set to be held in Racice in the Czech Republic from 9 to 16 August 2018.
The E R Bromley Trust Fund was established in 1990 with a generous donation from the late Ted Bromley and with the specific intention of defraying in full or in part the expenses of any pair oared crew selected by Rowing Australia to compete at the World Championships.
The late Ted Bromley was not only a generous benefactor to the sport, but also a distinguished rower. He competed at the senior level for a long period commencing in 1932 in the NSW King’s Cup crew to post WWII at the 1948 Olympic Games. It was, however, his experience as a pair-oared rower that led to him championing coxless pair oared rowing in Australia until his death in 2005. Many readers may be aware that the Australian Men’s Pair Championship perpetual trophy is named in his honour and is a bronze statue depicting James Tomkins, one of Australia’s most successful pair oared rowers.