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A comprehensive Australian Rowing History — Find out who rowed in these events and the results they achieved. Read about selection and racing issues and also see the trends and growth in the sport in Australia.

Index to the History of Australia Rowing

Australians in International Events

Australian Championships

Australian Rowing Associations

Australian Rowing Clubs

Other Clubs history contributions welcomed

School Rowing

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia



Can you believe it? 25 years since the Oarsome Foursome won their first gold medal at 1990 World Championships at Lake Barrington in Tasmania. It is almost 25 years ago to the day that the Oarsome Foursome was born winning their first gold medal. It was a grand day with the Victorian four going into these Championships as favourites and carrying Australia’s great hope for our first ever sweep gold medal in a World Championship.  Some 30,000 spectators watched the event and it was the main national news of the week.

Presentation of gold medals

The crew went onto win in 1991 with Andrew Cooper replacing Sam Patten who had to return to his medical studies and won again at 1992 Olympic Games. After Barcelona when Andrew Cooper withdrew, Drew Ginn joined the combination which won in Atlanta. This crew did more for Australian rowing than any other crew and we are indebted to them. They were true champion athletes.

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