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James Galloway OAM

Sydney Rowing Club (NSW)

1982 - World Junior Championships - Men's Coxless Pair stroke - Fourth

1986 - World Championships - Men's Eight bow - Gold

1986 - Commonwealth Games - Men's Coxed Four bow - Bronze

1986 - Commonwealth Games - Men's Eight bow - Gold

1987 - World Championships - Men's Coxed Four bow - Eighth

1988 - Interstate Men's Eight Championship three seat - Third

1988 - Olympic Games - Men's Eight bow - Fifth

1996-97 - Board member of Rowing Australia


OAM in 1996 for services to rowing

The final strokes of the 1986 World Championship win - James in bow

James has been inducted into the ACT Sports Hall of Fame with the following Commentary:



After first representing the ACT in hockey and competing in tennis championships, James commenced rowing as a member of the Telopea Park High School crew in 1976, and was invited to join the East Men's Eight.

In 1982 James was selected to represent Australia as stroke of the Junior World Pairs in the World Championships. At this time he joined the Canberra Rowing Club, which later, in recognition of his major contribution, gave his name to their new boat.

His long career as a sweep oarsman culminated in 1986 when he won gold in the Commonwealth Games, gold at the World Championships, and gold at the Lucerne International Regatta. In 1988 he represented Australia in the Seoul Olympics finishing fifth in the Men's Eight.

1985-88 Scholarship holder Australian Institute of Sport

1986 Australian Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year

Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, Men's Eight

Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist, Men's Coxed Four

Gold Medal Lucerne International Regatta, Men's Eight

Gold Medal World Championships, Men's Eight

1987 Order of Australia Medal for services to Rowing

Born: 11 April 1964

Inducted: 1996

Presentation of gold medal in 1986



Compiled by Andrew Guerin
Jan 2018




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