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Guy O. Nickalls

Full name: Guy Oliver Nickalls
Nickname(s): Gully
Gender: Male
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: April 4, 1899 in Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain
Died: April 26, 1974 in London, Greater London, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Rowing

Related Olympians: Son of Guy Nickalls.

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Guy O. Nickalls came from a rowing family. His grandfather was one of the founders of the London Rowing Club and [his father] was a member of the 1908 gold medal eight from the Leander Club. The younger Nickalls was educated at Eton and Magdalen Colleges in Oxford, interrupted by his service with the Rifle Brigade in Thessaloníki, Greece. In 1920 he won the Silver Goblets & Nickalls’ Challenge Cup at Henley together with [Richard Lucas], before winning the silver medal in the eights at the Antwerpen Olympics. In the following two years, rowing for Oxford, Nickalls lost in the Boat Race against Cambridge. In 1922, together with Lucas he managed to win the Silver Goblets & Nickalls’ Challenge Cup once again. Finally, in 1923 he won the Boat Race as a member of the Oxford crew and was appointed president of the Oxford University Boat Club. Nickalls was also the commentator for the first broadcast of the Boat Race by the BBC in 1927.

In 1928 Nickalls won the Stewards’ Fours as well as the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley with the Thames Rowing Club eights, qualifying to represent Great Britain at the 1928 Olympics, where he won his second silver medal. In the 1930s he also coached the Oxford crew in the Boat Race. After World War II, Nickalls became Chairman of the Amateur Rowing Association and merged his organization with the competing National Amateur Rowing Association, holding this position for 16 years. At Henley, he also acted as steward, organizing the regatta. In business, Nickalls joined the advertising firm of Alfred Pemberton Ltd in 1926, retiring in 1962 as vice-chairman. He was also an accomplished painter and wrote several books.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Rowing Men's Coxed Eights Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Rowing Men's Coxed Eights Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Men's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Rowing Great Britain GBR Final Round 6:05.8
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Rowing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 6:26.4
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two 6:19.0
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Rowing Great Britain GBR Final Round 6:05.6
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Rowing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat Two 6:23.6
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Rowing Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Heat Two 6:34.2
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Rowing Great Britain GBR Round Two Heat Three 6:30.6
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Five 6:22.0
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