MALCOLM SHAW passed away recently in Tauranga and we extend our condolences to Anna and his family.
Mal trained at Macken Engineering in Whakatane and became a fitter/welder by trade which in later years took him to many locations overseas including a stint in Dubai building a pipeline from the sea to a desalination plant in the desert.
He rowed in a number of crews for the club after leaving High school teaming up with Monty McGougan, Chick Hammond and Rex McIntosh in a maiden four. With this mix of characters we can only imagine what hilarious times they must have had at regattas. Mal also raced in a single sculls and won the maiden singles title at the NZ Champs in 1968.
Mal then went off to Sydney and joined up with the Mosman Rowing Club where he gained a place in the Australian National Squad and became a double Olympian by rowing in the Australian Eight at the Olympic Games in Munich(1972) and in Montreal ( 1976). While at Mosman he won a number of Australian and State Titles in eights and four oar events.
Upon return to Whakatane Mal won a redcoat in the 5 seat of the Whakatane Eight crew in the 1973/74 season. Later on he lived with his wife Anna in Tauranga for a number of years.
Malcolm’s father Bill (Shocker) Shaw was a well known local traffic officer and was a great supporter of the Whakatane club through the sixties and seventies. He knew all the rowers well and I am sure if pulled over they received a kick in the pants rather than a ticket (those were the days). Both were great characters.
The following is a tribute to Mal sent over by his fellow rowers at Mosman Rowing Club:
Mal was a Life Member Mosman Rowing Club and a dual Olympian in the Australian 8+ at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics. After his rowing career ended with a bad back, he switched to coaching and had many successes coaching the lightweight women at Mosman.
John Clarke remembers Mal with fondness and great memories from rowing with him at Club, State and the Olympic levels.
"I admired his honest work ethic in the boat and his sense of humour. There is only a handful of Mosman oarsman still lauded and admired by past and present members - and he is one of them! He had a sensitive side which occasionally surfaced... I can remember after losing a Kings Cup eights in Perth (his first selection in a state eight) he became a little distraught that we had trained so hard as a crew for such an average 3rd place result. No doubt this spurred him on to bigger and better things!"
"I had the privilege of managing the 1976 Australian Olympic Team of which Mal was a member and so traveled with him. I have very fond memories of Mal and those days."
Rowing Australia was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Malcolm Shaw who competed in the Men's Eight at both the 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.
A member of Mosman Rowing Club, Malcolm's elite competitive performances over an extended period, coupled with his involvement within the New South Wales rowing community, have contributed significantly to our sport.
"I rowed with Mal for a short period in the early 70’s at Mosman. He was a great rower and a great character. I am 2 in the (Mal 5) 8."
"He was a tough competitor who let his actions do the talking. I will always have fond memories of our time as team mates in Munich in 1972."
Represented Australia four times – two Olympics and two World Champs
Won the Kings Cup (Australian Eights) for NSW in 1972 and 1975
Won Maiden Single in 1968
Redcoat for the Whakatane Eight which won the 1974 NZ Championship
Mal had already received a number of NSW Titles and came back to NZ to try his hand at the Eights with a view to selection for NZ but this wasn’t to be so returned to Australia where he was selected to represent Australia in the ‘World Champs at Nottingham 1975 and go on to the Montreal Olympics where unfortunately he was injured.