Jack Beresford – An Olympic Legend – A Talk by John Beresford
With the Tokyo Olympics taking place this summer, we thought we’d invite John Beresford (59-64) to talk about his father, Jack Beresford (1913-17), our very own Olympic rowing legend, who won five medals at five consecutive Olympic Games.
Jack was born in Bedford in 1899 and was educated at Bedford School, where he stroked the eight and also captained the Rugby XV. In 1920 Beresford won his first Olympic medal in Antwerp: a silver in the Single Sculls. Four years later, in Paris, he achieved gold in the same event. In 1928, in Amsterdam, he added another silver medal to his collection as a member of the Eights crew. In 1932, in Los Angeles, Beresford won his second gold in the Coxless Fours. Finally, in 1936, in Berlin, he achieved yet another gold with victory in the Double Sculls with Dick Southwood, and, in so doing, became the first rower to compete at five Olympics, a feat that would be unmatched for forty years.