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Sydney University Boat Club (SUBC) Vice President Chris Noel has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the sport of Rowing in NSW. Noel, previously a long standing President of the club and a former SUSF Management Committee member, has contributed a significant amount of his time, effort and own financial resources into rowing.

Thanks to Noel, SUBC has grown and developed into one of the strongest rowing clubs in Australia.

He has also reinvigorating the efforts of NSW in the Kings Cup via the Kings Cup Committee, with the renewed focus playing a major part in the current run of success (namely five consecutive Kings Cup wins since 2008).

Noel is also responsible for helping to secure Rowing World Cup regattas in Sydney in 2013 and 2014.

“Noel’s contribution and achievements extend well beyond the above items, but they illustrate the impact he has had and continues to have on the great sport of rowing,” said current SUBC President Tom McCann.

“I would like to congratulate Chris on being awarded an OAM in recognition of his significant contribution to rowing in NSW.”

“Chris Noel has done more for the sport of men’s rowing at Sydney Uni than any other individual I can think of,” commented SUSF Executive Director Rob Smithies.

“His longevity within the club and the length and breadth of his contribution are phenomenal.

I doubt there is a male rower who has come through our program during the last 4 decades that would not know Chris well.

On behalf of SUSF I congratulate him on a well-earned award.”