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Two more names added to a select list

David Boykett (’52) and David Crawford (’62) have joined the ranks of OSCA honorary life members.

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David Boykett (’52) is presented with his Honorary Life Membership of OSCA by Immediate Past President Alex Sloan (’71).

It is a notable fact that in the whole of the Old Scotch Collegians’ Association’s 98-year history, just 28 honorary life memberships have been awarded. Of the 28, 10 recipients are alive today. It is, without question, the highest recognition afforded by the association.

At OSCA’s 2011 annual general meeting on 17 November, two more names were added to the select list of OSCA honorary life members: David Boykett (’52) and David Crawford (’62).

DAVID BOYKETT attended Scotch from 1940 to 1952. His involvement in sport at Scotch included being a member of the 1947 Swimming team and the two winning Head of the River crews of 1951 and 1952.

Rowing at Scotch was the beginning of a lengthy career in rowing which gave him the nickname of ‘Crockett’. David rowed in the Australian VIII at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, winning a bronze medal, and in the Australian VIII at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, where his crew finished eighth. David was a member of winning Victorian King’s Cup crews from 1956 to 1958, 1961 (stroke), 1964 and 1966. He coached winning King’s Cup crews in 1969 and 1970.

David joined the staff of Scotch in 1963, and in 34 years of service to Scotch taught subjects including Craft and Physical Education. He brought with him a wealth of rowing knowledge, and coaching experience as Brighton Grammar School’s inaugural 1st VIII coach. He was appointed Master in Charge of Rowing in 1963, and in his first year Scotch broke the drought which dated back to 1952. Wins under the coaching of Don Macmillan followed in 1966, 1967, 1969 and 1973.

David coached Scotch’s 1st VIII in 1972, and from 1978 to 1982, winning the 1978 Head of the River and Australian Schoolboy VIII Championship in his final year as Master in Charge of Rowing. In 1985 he introduced sculling to Scotch, teaching beginners in sculls until 1993 in a move which helped break the Scotch rowing drought of 1979 to 1991.

In addition to rowing coaching, David was Master in Charge of Sea Scouts from 1976 to 1996, leading camps to remote locations and overseeing the construction of the first of several Sea Scout timber boats, Heart of Huon. As a dive master he led many Scotch scuba diving camps. In many beneficial ways he left an enduring mark on generations of grateful Scotch boys.

Michael Sim (’78), current School Council member and cox of the 1978 crew, said he was thrilled to hear of David’s elevation to OSCA life membership. ‘For me, “Crockett” is a legend,’ he said, ‘a strong man with a gentle heart; a man I would trust with my life. He was an inspiration as coach of my 1978 winning 1st VIII, and continues to be a man I respect and love.

‘A winner of two Head of the Rivers for Scotch, a dual Olympian and then a teacher at Scotch, he was a teacher who went beyond the classroom. Whether it was with the Scuba Club, the Sea Scouts or just talking to the boys, he taught us so many things about life and doing the right thing. What a legend! I still get goose bumps thinking of the ’78 victory which wouldn’t have happened without him. Well done, “Crockett” from your string-puller of 78!’

Details of David Crawford’s outstanding contribution to Scotch College and OSCA appear in the School Council Chairman’s column on page 3 of this issue.