Bruce HickOAM (born 20 August 1963 in Rockhampton, Queensland) is an Australian national champion, three time World Champion and dual Olympian lightweight rower. He represented Australia over a fifteen-year period and rowed at ten World Rowing Championships.
A sculler, Hick’s senior rowing started from the Leichhardt Rowing Club in Rockhampton, Queensland. He first began contesting national championships events at the Australian Rowing Championships in 1985 in an u/23 single scull – he placed second.
By 1987 Hick had relocated to Canberra. He represented the Australian National University Boat Club in a lightweight pair and a lightweight four at the 1987 Australian Championships. The next year he rowed in ANU colours in a composite lightweight four and a lightweight eight.
From 1989 Hick was sculling and he contested the Australian national lightweight sculls championship rowing for the Canberra Rowing Club. He placed third that year. He eventually won the national single sculls title in 1992 – tieing for first place with his representative partner Gary Lynagh and then outright in 1996.
He raced in the New South Wales representative men’s lightweight four who contested the Penrith Cup at the Interstate Regatta in 1987 (to victory) and in 1988. He contested the heavyweight singles sculls championship – the President’s Cup – representing New South Wales in 1991, 1992 and 1993.
Hick’s first national representative selection was to the 1985 Match des Seniors in Banyoles Spain – the equivalent at the time of today’s World Rowing U23 Championships. Hick stroked an Australian heavyweight double scull for fourth place.
His first senior Australian representative selection was in the men’s lightweight eight for Copenhagen 1987 coached by Rusty Robertson. They placed eighth. The following year at Milan 1988 he was picked in the lightweight four. That crew rowed a brilliant semi final rowing down the Swedes to earn their place in the final. They battled well in the final but finished sixth.
Hick was selected for Australia at Lake Barrington 1990 in the lightweight Australian quad scull. Hick rowed with Gary Lynagh and two Tasmanians – Simon Burgess and Stephen Hawkins – to a bronze medal. The following year at Vienna 1991 that same crew won gold and a World Championship title. They rowed through the field and won by 0.23 seconds.
In 1992 Stephen Hawkins was selected in the Olympic heavyweight double scull and so the champion lightweight quad was broken up. At the 1992 lightweight World Championships Hick and Lynagh had success as a double winning the lightweight double scull world championship title. They repeated this feat at Racice 1993.
By Indianapolis 1994 Lynagh and Hick were rowing in the lightweight coxless four with South Australians Andrew Stunnell and James Seppelt. They took the silver medal. Hick was back in the lightweight double scull for Tampere 1995 with Anthony Edwards – he stroked that boat to a bronze medal.
Hick took a break after the 1996 Olympics and in 1998 competed at both World Rowing Cup events on the international calendar before teaming with his old partner Gary Lynagh to race a double scull at the 1998 World Rowing Championships in Cologne. They had a disappointing result, finishing second in the repechage and third in the C/D semi-final for an overall 12th placing. At St Catharine’s 1999 Hick was paired up with Haimish Karrasch in the double scull. With Karrash in the stroke seat they won their heat and showed great form in the final into a tough head wind taking the silver medal behind the Italians.