Syd Middleton

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameSydney Albert "Syd"•Middleton
Used nameSyd•Middleton
Born24 February 1884 in Sydney, New South Wales (AUS)
Died2 September 1945 in Kensington, Greater London, England (GBR)
Measurements188 cm
AffiliationsGlebe, Glebe (AUS) / Sydney Rowing Club, Sydney (AUS)
NOC Australasia
Nationality Australia


Syd Middleton was one of two members of the Australian team that won the Olympic rugby gold medal in London to return to the Olympics. In 1912, Middleton returned as a member of the Australian eights crew, which was eliminated in the second round. In 1908, Middleton toured England with the Wallabies, the Australian national rugby union team, and played in the Olympics as part of the trip. He would again play test matches for Australia in 1910, when he captained his team against New Zealand. In all he won four caps for Australia. Volunteering for the Australian Imperial Force in World War I, Middleton fought at Gallipoli (Turkey) and France, and was awarded a Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and later made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1908 Summer Olympics Rugby (Rugby) ANZ AUS Syd Middleton
Rugby, Men (Olympic) Australasia 1 Gold
1912 Summer Olympics Rowing ANZ AUS Syd Middleton
Eights, Men (Olympic) Sydney Rowing Club 2 h3 r2/4