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Inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
Richard William (Dick) Tonks (1951 - ) represented New Zealand at the highest level as a competitive rower. He won a silver medal in the New Zealand coxless four at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games along with Ross Collinge, Dudley Storey and Noel Mills.
Richard started his rowing career on the Whanganui River at the age of 13 under the coaching of his father, competing for the Union Rowing Club.
With a particular focus on fitness, he became a strong sculler and made his New Zealand debut in the 1971 New Zealand colts’ eight.
The following year, at the age of 19, he stroked the NZ coxless four to second place at the Munich Olympics.
Richard also competed at the 1973 European Championships, Moscow, in the coxed four; the 1974 European Championships, Lucerne, in the quadruple sculls and the 1975 world championships at Nottingham, also in the quadruple sculls.
He is also a winner of numerous New Zealand Championship medals.
On his retirement from competitive rowing, Richard turned his expertise to coaching.
This award recognises his achievements as an international rowing competitor.