Bill Roycroft, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Bill Roycroft

Australian Olympic equestrian champion

Date of Birth: 17-Mar-1915

Place of Birth: Flowerdale, Victoria, Australia

Date of Death: 29-May-2011

Profession: event rider

Nationality: Australia

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Bill Roycroft

  • James William George "Bill" Roycroft, OBE (17 March 1915 – 29 May 2011) was an Australian Olympic equestrian champion.
  • He grew up on a dairy farm and learnt to ride horses there.
  • After serving in the army in World War II, he moved with his family to a soldier's block in western Victoria near Camperdown, where he raised his three sons, all of whom went on to compete alongside their father in the Olympics.
  • At his first Olympics, the 1960 Rome Games, he played a key role on the final day of the team three-day event, despite being thrown off his horse the day before, allowing Australia to win the gold medal in the competition.
  • He went on to compete in four more Olympics from 1964 to 1976, winning bronze medals in team eventing at the 1968 Mexico City and 1976 Munich Games.
  • He later served as coach of the Australian eventing team.

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