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Dennis Green (canoeist)

Dennis Allan Green OAM BEM (26 May 1931 – 5 September 2018) was an Australian sprint canoeist, surf lifesaver, coach and sporting administrator who competed from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. He was the first Australian to compete in five Summer Olympics, and he won a bronze medal in the K-2 10000 m event at Melbourne in 1956. He also won 57 Gold Medals at the World Masters Games and a further 75 at national level.

Dennis Green
Personal information
Full nameDennis Allan Green
Born(1931-05-26)26 May 1931
Epping, New South Wales
Died5 September 2018(2018-09-05) (aged 87)
Sydney, New South Wales
Sportcanoe sprint, Ironman surf lifesaving


Green was born in Epping, New South Wales on 26 May 1931.[1] He was married to Shirley and they had two daughters – Christine and Karen.[2] From 2012 until his death, he and Shirley lived in Little Bay, New South Wales.[3] Green died of cancer, aged 87, on 5 September 2018.[4]


Green's Olympic Games record:[5]

  • 1956 – Men's K-2 1000m – 7th final ; Men's K- 2 10000m – Bronze Medal with Wally Brown
  • 1960 – Men's K-2 1000 – 6th semi-final ; Men's K Relay – 3rd semi-final
  • 1964 – Men's K-4 1000m – 9th final
  • 1968 – Men's K-4 1000m – 4th semi-final
  • 1972 – Men's K-4 1000m – 5th semi-final

Between 1955 and 1974, Green whilst representing St George Club won 64 Australian championships (singles, pairs and fours), including 18 pairs events with Barry Stuart between 1955 and 1974.[6] He won 79 New South Wales state titles.[6]

In 1976, he was appointed coach of the national kayak team.[3] At the age of 60, Green accepted the position of QLD Regional Director of Coaching for Canoeing at the Queensland Academy of Sport and he remained coaching in Queensland until 2012.[6][3]

Surf Life SavingEdit

At the age of 15, Green joined Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club.[6] Between 1954 and 1967, he won eight Australian open double ski championships.[1] He won the Australian open single ski championships in 1964/65, and the international single ski title at the Olympic carnival held in association with the 1956 Olympic Games.[1]

In 1981, at the age of 50, Green reached the final of the surf ski at the World Surf Titles in Bali, and he continued to compete in the surf in open events until 1984.[6]



  1. ^ a b c Oxford Companion to Australia sport. 2nd ed. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. 1994.
  2. ^ "HE'S AUSTRALIA'S MR. OLYMPICS". The Australian Women's Weekly. 39, (48). Australia, Australia. 26 April 1972. p. 39. Retrieved 6 September 2018 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  3. ^ a b c "Dennis was oarsome before the foursome". Go55s website. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Paddle Australia Mourns The Passing Of Dennis Green". 5 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Dennis Green". Sports Reference website. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Dennis Green". Sport Australia Hall of Fame inductee. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Dennis Green OAM BEM". Padde Australia website. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b "VALE five-time Olympian Dennis Green". Australian Olympic Committee website. Retrieved 5 September 2018.

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