Back in 1956, Melbourne hosted the summer Olympics with the rowing and canoeing events held in Ballarat on Lake Wendouree. It was a pretty big deal back then and there are still a few reminders of that time dotted around the lake. I snapped a few pics of those things when I was out exercising by the lake on the weekend.
First up a few photos from the events
|Some of the crowd watching the action out on the lake.|
|The Australian 8 at the end of a race, possibly the final in which they won bronze to the USA (gold) and Canada (Silver)|
|Edith Cochrane, the only Australian competitor, in the 500 metres women's kayak event. Edith came 5th in the final|
|Sam Mackenzie of Australia (right) congratulates Vyacheslav Ivanov of the USSR after winning silver to Ivanov's gold in the single sculls|
This fantastic commemorative mosaic is a little worse for wear but still pretty cool. It hangs on the outside wall of the Ballarat Rowing Club