Alistair Dryden
Personal information
Birth nameAlistair Garth Dryden
Born (1942-12-18) 18 December 1942 (age 79)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height196 cm (6 ft 5 in)[1]
Weight95 kg (209 lb)[1]
RelativesJim Dryden (father)
Murdoch Dryden (son)

Alistair Garth Dryden (born 18 December 1942) is a former New Zealand rower.

Dryden was born in 1942 in Auckland, New Zealand.[1] The wrestler Jim Dryden (1907–1974) was his father. He received his education at King's College.[2]

At the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games he won the silver medal as part of the men's eight alongside crew members Leslie Arthur, Darien Boswell, Colin Cordes, Alan Grey, Christian Larsen, Louis Lobel, Robert Page and Alan Webster.[3] After having received an invitation to the Henley Royal Regatta, he won the inaugural Prince Philip Challenge Cup regatta in 1963 in Henley-on-Thames.[4] That year, the Henley regatta was regarded as the event that came closest to a world championship.[5] Darien Boswell, Peter Masfen and Dudley Storey made up the other rowers, and Bob Page was the cox.[4]

The same coxed four team then went to the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where they placed a disappointing eighth.[4][6] At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico he was part of the men's eight that came fourth in the final.

Dryden was later the president of the Auckland Rowing Club.[7] Dryden's son, Murdoch Dryden, would later represent New Zealand at World Rowing Championships.[8]


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  2. ^ "King's rowing clean up at Auckland Rowing Association Awards". King's College, Auckland. 18 June 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Profile at the New Zealand Olympic Committee".
  4. ^ a b c Leggat, David (6 July 2013). "Rowing: Crew toast 50th anniversary of glorious win". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  5. ^ Green, David (5 September 2013). "Rowing - International rowing, 1920s to 1980s". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  6. ^ "New Zealand Rowing at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  7. ^ Banks, John (8 September 2003). "Banks Speech To Auckland Rowing Club" (Press release). Auckland: Auckland City Council. Scoop. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  8. ^ Irvine, Peter (5 May 2011). "Older rowers pull their weight at Lake Rotoroa regatta". Wanganui Chronicle. p. A11. Retrieved 7 June 2018.