It is with a heavy heart that the news of Robbie Meijer's passing was heard this morning.
Robbie was a true legend of the sport who was there to help out many clubs, crews and individuals with his knowledge and experience.
Robbie had suffered some health issues however many including myself believed him invincible and the surf boat community will be a lonelier place without him.
Condolences to the lovely Cheryl, his friends at Bulli, Noosa and many associated clubs.
I know that you believe you understand what you think I said but I am not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant.
Personally and on behalf of the ASRL this is very tragic news. Robbie was one of the good guys in this sport. Always with a smile although I suspect his crews may tell another side. First met Robbie as an intense young lifesaver attending a SLSNSW weekend live in camp on the same weekend of the drawn Grand Final between St George & Parra.
Raced against him in the Bulli crews for years and then watched his development as a boat sweep and later senior coach. A strong George Bass supporter who had great success with his Bulli crews over the years. Always giving of his best, always the competitor and always happy to chat and pass along assistance to any that were interested.
Robbie undertook several coaching appointment for the ASRL into far locations in SA & WA and was happy to be able to help.
steve davies replied the topic: Vale Robbie Meijer
Robbie has been a great sounding board for information since 2000 when i started sweeping. Robbie always gave advice willingly and he never withheld any trade secrets.
1 week before Aussies last year, i rang Robbie and said I don't think my open men have the speed to match them and i'm thinking of playing with the oar gearing. We spoke for an hour about the individual crew members abilities and at the end we changed our gearing and we made the final.
He's one of those guys that, there are so many more things i want to ask him.
If i'm going to miss him and i knew him a little, he will be a massive loss to those that knew him well.
Condolences to his friends and family.
Thank you Robbie
I was only a baby (19) when I started rowing for Robby. The four years I rowed for Rob were some of the best of my life.
He was an amazing coach and mentor. He has given me so much advice - and not just in sport. I was still getting advice only a few days ago...
Robby took me to another level, along with Cherelle, Jodie and Sheryl, and gave us results I never imagined were possible, yet all the while you would not find a more humble man. His beloved Noosa Women's Crew are all absolutely heartbroken.
The last time I saw Robby was at my father's funeral. In the past four months I have lost two amazing men. Both brilliant coaches, willing to help out and share knowledge with anyone who wanted to give it a go, regardless of their ability. Both fought the unfair hands they were dealt over the past decade, and both taken way too soon. As Lincoln (Noosa A grade 2005) said, the last of the hard men.
My heart goes out to the lovely Cheryl, who has lost her best mate.
Love you Robby xx
Back in the day when men rowed fast and boats went slow...
Bulli Surf Life Saving Club along with Cheryl Grose and Robby's family would like to invite club members, fellow lifesavers from around the country, former work mates, sporting buddies from all walks of life, friends and people that Robby Meijer meet in his lifetime to his Memorial Service which will be held this Sunday 29 March 2pm at Bulli Beach. Robby's ashes will be scattered at sea by his 1990's NSW Champion & AUS Rep crew of Mark Davies, Chris Mercer, Rod Mercer, Peter McLaren and to be sweep by Paul Jones. Everybody is then invited to celebrate Robby's memories and life back at Bulli Workers Club after the service. If any clubs would like to participate in the scattering of Robby's ashes please contact Keith Caldwell President on 0414-258295