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australian rowers profiles and history

Michael Smith

Drummoyne Rowing Club (NSW) and Sydney Rowing Club (NSW)

Michael is a lifetime rower enjoying the sport from all angles - from an elite lightweight rower, to team manager, selector, coach and administrator.

The journey started as a rower in 1975 and it took until 1995 before his rowing career ended. During that time he was very successful.

1992 Penrith Cup win
Left to right: Michael Smith, Charlie Frangoulis, John Wilson, Matthew Weir, Andrew Randall

His attention then turned to team management for both NSW and Australia.

One of his remarkable achievements was to be a NSW Selector for 20 years.

Then of course is his long and illustrious school coaching career.

2011 – After coaching Sydney Grammar School to win the 1st VIII at the AAGPS Head of the River for the first time since 1978.


Andrew Guerin
January 2022

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