This trophy was presented to Constable Roy Garlick (1905-1974) for his part in winning the maiden fours race at the NSW Police Rowing Club Regatta held on the Parramatta River in March 1935. His fellow team members included his brother Allen Garlick as well as Jock Walsh and Tom King. He was also part of the winning team for the maiden eights at the same regatta and later that year travelled to Melbourne with a police contingent to compete in the Henley-on-Yarra regatta. The NSW Police Rowing Club was formed in 1933 and had a clubhouse on Blackwattle Bay. The club produced many successful rowers who went on to compete at state, national and international events, including former police commissioner Mervyn Wood (1917-2006) who represented Australia in rowing at four Olympic games. Police members were encouraged to participate in sport in the hope it would keep them fit, encourage team spirit and ‘wean young constables from any urge they might have towards horse and pony racing’. Roy Garlick’s physical fitness often helped him in his police work. He was once forced to fight a boxer in order to arrest him and, although injured in the fight, he managed to take the suspect into custody.
JP87/1196 + JP87/220 (photograph)