Canoeist and five-time Olympian Dennis Green, 87
Olympic canoeing medallist Dennis Green has passed away at his home in Sydney, Australia, aged 87.
An Olympic bronze medallist, Green was the first of a select band of athletes who can claim the honour of representing their country at five Olympic Games, namely Melbourne in 1956, Rome in 1960, Tokyo in 1964, Mexico City in 1968, and Munich in 1972. He was also selected as the Australian flag bearer at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
In a note to the sporting community, Paddle Australia’s Life Member and AOC vice-president Helen Brownlee praised her friend, describing him as an inspiration to several generations of canoeists as an athlete, coach and administrator.
“He was an inspiration to the end, typically refusing to give up until he reached the finish line,” she said.
Green was involved in canoeing in Australia for more than 50 years, a sporting career that included some extraordinary achievements.
He was inducted into Paddle Australia’s Hall of Fame in 2017.
Dennis Green won Olympic bronze.