Vale Dr Stephen Hinchy

Farewell Steve Hinchy



On Thursday July 23rd the World of Rowing farewelled the most selfless, well respected, all round Good Guy, when Dr Stephen Hinchy was laid to rest.


Before you think “I didn’t know him, whoever he was”, don’t stop reading.


If you have rowed at “The Nationals” any time since 1970, or at “The Worlds” since 1994, Dr Stephen Hinchy has touched your life.


His CV is readily  available on Rowing Australia’s website.It makes a jaw dropping read.

He rowed his first Kings Cup in 1961, was Rowing Australia’s Team Doctor and/or Team Manager too many times to count, he officiated at 49 Kings Cup & National Regattas, 2020 was cancelled, so he was denied 50.


In his 80 years he owned 73 motor vehicles, more than half of them had to be able to tow “an overloaded boat trailer from Brisbane, to wherever the Nationals are being held.” He had input into the building of 5 rowing courses in his home state of Queensland, and was made RA Volunteer of the Year in 2015.


Steve was a Pharmacist, a Doctor, a Justice of the Peace, an Order of Australia recipient, an Australian Sports Medal recipient, but more importantly he was the epitome of what it is to be a Volunteer.

It was never about Steve, it was always about Rowing.

He mentored Boat Race Officials right to the end.

He only ever said good things about people.

He always had time, an encouraging word, a supportive shoulder.

The Nationally Accredited Boat Race Officials miss him already, and we thank his lovely wife Barb, and his daughter Kelly for sharing him with us.


Christine Cundell


With thanks to Michael Eastaughffe, Andrew Guerin and Peter Huggett.