Paddlers Recognised In Australia Day Honours

General / 01/02/2017

Australian Canoeing would like to congratulate Mr Duncan Cochrane, Mr Curtis McGrath and the late Mr Brian Trouville on being awarded OAM in the Australia Day honours. Summary of their services:

Mr Duncan COCHRANE

For service to canoe polo.

Service includes:

  • International Canoe Federation (ICF): Polo Committee Member and Chief Polo Referee, 2006-2016.
  • Member, Athletes Commission, 1998-2006.
  • Presenter, Referees and Coaching Courses, since 1998.
  • Author, ‘Canoe Polo Referees Online Training course’.
  • ICF Referee Assessor, since 1998 and Referee, since 1993.
  • ICF Chief Referee, World Canoe Polo Championships, 2006-2011 and 2013-2014.
  • Chief Referee, 2013 and 1996-2000.
  • Australian Canoeing: Member, Polo Technical Committee, 1992-2016 and Chair, 2006-2010.
  • Chief Organiser, World Masters Game Canoe Polo, 2009.
  • Chief Organiser, Oceania Canoe Polo Championships, 2007 and 2009.
  • Australian Junior Coach, 2015 and 1999.
  • Coach, Australian Men’s Team, 2012 and 2004.
  • Coach, Australian Women’s Team, 2000 and 1994 – World Champions.
  • Competitor, Australian Men’s Team, 1989-2002 and 2009 (World Games Bronze Medal) and World Champions in 1994, 1996, 1998.
  • Captain, Australian Men’s Team, 1996 and 1998 (World Champions) and 2000.
  • Member, Canoe South Australia State Teams and New South Wales State Teams achieving 20 Australian Championship victories.

Awards and recognition includes:

  • Australian Canoeing Excellence Awards 2008/2009
  • Australian Canoeing Coach of the Year, 1994.
  • Australian Sports Medal, 2000.
  • Australian Canoeing Award of Merit, 1998.

Mr Curtis McGRATH

For service to sport as a gold medallist at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Service includes:

Gold Medallist and Paralympic Champion, K1 200m KL2 Paracanoe, Rio Paralympic Games, 2016.

Other achievements include:

ICF Paracanoe World Championships, Germany, 2016.

  • 1st, K1 200m KL2.
  • 1st, V1 200m VL2.

National Championships, 2016.

  • 1st, K1 200m KL2.
  • 1st, V1 200m VL2.
  • 1st, K1 500m KL2.
  • 1st, V1 500m VL2.
  • 1st, K1 1000m KL2.
  • 1st, V1 1000m VL2.

ICF World Championships, Italy, 2015.

  • 1st, V1 200m, VL2.
  • 2nd, K1 200m, KL2.

National Championships, 2015.

  • 1st, K1 200m TA.
  • 1st, V1 200m TA.
  • 1st, K1 500m TA.
  • 1st, V1 500m TA.
  • 1st, K1 1000m TA.
  • 1st, V1 1000m TA.

Member, Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club, current.

Invictus Games, 2016: Competed in Rowing and Swimming

Invictus Games, 2014: Captain, Australian Team. Competed in Swimming and Archery

Ambassador and fundraiser, Mates4Mates, current.

The late Mr Brian TROUVILLE

For service to sport through canoeing, kayaking, and to surf lifesaving.

Service includes:

  • President, Southside Paddlers, 2010-2016 and Life Member.
  • Head coach, Australian Olympic Kayak Team, Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996.
  • Assistant Coach, Montreal Olympics, 1976.
  • Consultant Coach, Sprint Canoe, 1989-1992.
  • Manager Coach, International Tours, 1989-1991.
  • Head Coach, Australian Canoeing, 1994-1998.
  • National Coach, 1981-1992.
  • Director, Sprint Coach Network, 1990-1998.
  • Volunteer coach, National Talent programs.
  • Australian and New South Wales kayak champion, 1964.

Awards and recognition includes:

  • Coach of the Year, SPORT NSW Volunteers Awards, 2015.
  • Distinguished Long Service Award, Paddle NSW, 2014/2015
  • Coach of the Year, Paddle NSW, 2014/2015.
  • Australian Sports Medal, 2000.
  • Award of Merit, Sprint Canoe, Australian Canoeing, 1988.