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THE CHAMPION OARSMAN.

In view of the visit of Edward Hanlan, the amous sculler, to New Zealand, a brief notice of his career may not prove uninteresting.

Edward Hanlan was born at Toronto on the 12f.h July 1855, of Irish parentage, and will thus attain his twenty ninth year in July next. Ha is sft BJin in height, compactly built, muscular, and strong, without being clumsy; and weighs, when in condition, from lOat 101b to list lib. Born at tbe water side, and early nccuatoinei'i in his avocation as a fisherman to tho uso of boats, ho became ambitious of excelling as a sculler, and soon acquired a superiority over his fellows. His first essay at outrigger rowing is said to have been on a 2ia plank, sharpened at both ends, and fitted with a raised seat and riggers. 11l 1871, when 16 years of age, ho formed ona of a crew in a fisherman's race, and in the course of the next year ho won two skiff races. In 1873 he rowed his first race in a shell, and by defeating M'Ken and Williams, won tbo amateur, championship of Toronto Bay. In 1874 Hanlan beat Louden for the championship of Burlington Bay. In 1875 he again defeated Louden, and also won tha Governor general's medal. In 1576 M'Ken and Douglaa were beaten by him, and by again beating the former in this year he won tho champion belt of Ontario. Hanlan, by continually experimenting with his boat, had now developed extraordinary speed, and set himself to the task of developing and strengthening his muscles so as to maintain his preeminence. Having now established his reputation in Canada, Hanlan began to look around for other worlds to conquer, and at the Centennial regatta, held at Philadelphia in 187G, he won the principal sculling race with ease, in the fastest time on record in America for three miles—viz., 21 uiin. 9J ccc. In June 1877 he was beaten at tho Silver Lake regatta, owing to an accident to bis outrigger, but secured first honours,on the same water 12 days later. At the'4tfi of July regatta in Boston he was disqualified for forling Plaisted, and' on the 15th October rowed Wallace Ross five miles, with a turn, for £400 and the championship of tho British Provinces of North America, winning easily. In May 187S he defeated Plaisted in a twomile raco for £200 a side. Evan Morris was defeated by tho Canadian on 20th June, for £200 a side and the championship of America. On tho Ist July he won a £100 prize, defeating Plaisted, Kennedy, Riley, Ten Eyck, M'Ken, Luther, and Elliott, and on the 4th won ft £40 puree at C.ipe Vincent. Ho met Wallace Ross for the second time on the 31st July at St. John's, New Brunswick, for £200, but the latter, after going half a mile, capsized. At the Barrio (Ontario) regatta, shortly afterwards, ho beat Ros3, Hosmer, Piaistod, and others in a four-mile lace, and in October, at Lachiue, defeated Charles Courtney over a five-mile course. Having now overcome all the aspirants to .iqimtic honours that America could produce, Hanlan took a trip to England in 1879, defeatiog John Hawdon for £200 aside, on the Tyue, ou the sth of May, and William Elliott, the then champion of England, on tho 16th of tho following month. Returning to America, ho finished,, level with Riley, of Saratoga, at tho Barrie regatta on the 18th of August, but declined to row off, as he considered he had been unfairly treated* Charles Courtney now offered to row the champion, and a match for £1200 was arranged ta take place in Marysville in October. On the night before the race Courtney's boat was sawn in two, and Hanlan, after rowing the courso, claimed the stakes, which was not paid to him, however, until May of tho following year, when be defeated Courtney «ith ease. Towards the close of May 1880 Hanlan defeated Riley, at Washington, for£2oo a side, but' at a regatta held at Providsnce in June Hanlan (jave up the race, complaining of a pain in his side, the starters being Wallace Ross, J. Riley, Ten Eyck; J. Gandaur, George Lee, Plaisted, J. B. W. Boyd (England). In the following September Hanlan returned to England, beating Edward Trickett, of Sydney, on the Thames for £200 a fide and tbe championship of the world, on November 15, and Elias Laycock, of Sydney, on February 14, ISSI, for £500 a side. The Canadian had now, at tho ago of 2C, attained the height of his ambition, aud gave out that be would retire from tho arena, but on April 3, ISB2, he appeared in another big race, defeating Boyd, over tha Tyce course, for £500 a side. Edward Tricket was again beaten by tha champion over the Thames course on May 1; Kennedy, by 15 lengths, at Boston, in June; and Wallace Ross, by 20 lengths, on July 21. Ou Augu3t 20 Hanlan wag defeated at a regatta at Massachusetts, no description of which, however, could be given, owing to the darkness which Eetiu before its conclusion, Hanlan considers good rowing to consist of:— "A full, long reach-out over the toes, with both arms straight; a sharp, clean ' catch1 of the water; a powerful, steady, horizontal 6troke, with an application of the whole force at tho moment of immersion; a clean feather, and a low, quick recover, shooting out at the finish. The lower part of the chest should be kept aa free a 8 possible by keeping a straight back, erect head, the shoulders thrown back, snd stomach out. The knees should be apart, to give easy action to the loins."

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THE CHAMPION OARSMAN., Otago Daily Times, Issue 6907, 5 April 1884, Supplement

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THE CHAMPION OARSMAN. Otago Daily Times, Issue 6907, 5 April 1884, Supplement

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