Dick Joyce
Personal information
Birth nameRichard John Joyce
Born (1946-05-01) 1 May 1946 (age 76)
Wellington, New Zealand
Height194 cm (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Weight89 kg (196 lb)[1]

Richard John Joyce (born 1 May 1946) is a former New Zealand rower who won two Olympic gold medals during his career.

Joyce was born in 1946 in Wellington, New Zealand.[1] For the 1968 Summer Olympics, New Zealand qualified an eight and had a pool of four rowers and a cox as a travelling reserve; Joyce was part of this reserve. Preparations were held in Christchurch at Kerr's Reach on the Avon River. The reserve rowers were unhappy with the "spare parts" tag and felt that they were good enough to perhaps win a medal if put forward as a coxed four. The manager, Rusty Robertson, commented about them that they were "the funniest looking crew you've ever seen".[2] There were stern discussions with the New Zealand selectors. In a training run, the coxed four was leading the eight over the whole race. In the end, the reserve rowers got their way and New Zealand entered both the coxed four and the coxed eight.[3] Joyce won the Olympic coxed four event along with Dudley Storey, Ross Collinge, Warren Cole and Simon Dickie (cox);[4] this was New Zealand's first gold medal in rowing.[2] He was 22 and had just finished his mechanical engineering degree. The crew's boat was sold to a rowing club to recoup costs, and ended up in splinters after a road crash.[5] At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich he teamed with Tony Hurt, Wybo Veldman, John Hunter, Lindsay Wilson, Joe Earl, Trevor Coker, Gary Robertson and Simon Dickie (cox) to win the eights.

Joyce is one of only fifteen New Zealanders to have won two or more Olympic gold medals. He later owned an engineering business in Seaview, an industrial suburb of Lower Hutt.[6] He has always been associated with the Hutt Valley and belongs to the Hutt Valley club, but has moved and now lives in Petone.[7] He is a life member of Wellington Rowing Club and currently coaches its masters squad.


  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Dick Joyce". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Famed New Zealand Olympic rower Dudley Storey dies". Stuff. 6 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  3. ^ "New Zealand Rowing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Rowing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games: Men's Coxed Fours". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  5. ^ White, Mike (May 2018). "The greatest race you never heard of: NZ's first gold medal in rowing". North & South. 386: 58–66.
  6. ^ Maddaford, Terry (26 July 2002). "Rowing: Stroking aside the decades". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  7. ^ Boyack, Nicholas (13 March 2012). "Rower Dick Joyce has kept a low profile". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 6 March 2017.