Steve “Rocky” Gordon
Steve started rowing as a teenager at The Scots College in Sydney, joining Mosman RC in 1973. He raced at Maiden, Junior and Senior level with the Club achieving Victorian, N.S.W. and Australian Championships along the way, and retired from competitive rowing at the end of 1980.
During the 1980s he took up coaching and was accredited by the AIS. Steve successfully coached novice and lightweight crews for Mosman as well as school crews at The Scots College with many winning combinations at both Clubs.
After taking a break from rowing to raise his family, Rocky returned to the Club in 2000 to take up Masters Rowing in order to keep fit. Racing as a Master, Rocky enjoyed a successful run, winning at the club level, along with State and National Titles. Together with other members of our strong Masters’ squad, Rocky has had some wonderful moments on overseas campaigns at the World Masters Championships in Vichy, France and Zagreb, Croatia as well as the World Masters Games in Melbourne, Sydney and Edmonton and racing at Henley Veterans Regatta in the United Kingdom, winning many gold medals at these events.
In 2007 Rocky returned to coaching and is our Masters Coach. Since then Mosman has won the NSW Masters Pennant winning numerous local regattas as well as multiple gold, silver and bronze medals at State and National Masters Championships every year. In 2009 Mosman won 5 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze medals at the World Masters Games held in Sydney. In 2011 he coached the NSW Women’s State Masters Quad to victory in the inter-state race at the National Championships at Lake Barrington which was the only NSW crew to win a title. Our Mosman Masters highlights that year were the Women’s E Grade Quad successfully winning their event at the Masters State Championships for a record fifth year in a row and then at the World Masters Championships in Poznan, Poland Rocky watched on as our 10 Mosman representatives came home with 6 world Gold Medals.
Since 2011 Rocky has also been involved with and assisting in the coaching of the U19 girls and boys squads here at Mosman. In 2011 coaching with our Juniors Coach, Linda Reed our girls in the Winter Training Squad came home with the Kayser Shield and the Memorial Cup for the JB Sharpe Series. In 2012 coaching with our State, National and Olympic Head Coach, Nick Garratt and with only 4 boys in the squad, the U19 boys won the single, the double sculls and the coxed four event at the State Titles.
Rocky enjoys a challenge and coaches for the love of the sport.