Jack Hargreaves is a two-time world champion rower in the men’s coxless four and made his Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games where he won gold with his men’s coxless four team.
Raised in Nyngan in the NSW outback, Jack attended boarding school in NSW where he took up rowing. Following school, Jack represented Sydney University Boat Club and in 2013 the young rower made his Australian representative debut racing in the men’s eight at the World Rowing Cup I in Sydney where the crew finished third.
The NSWIS Graduate Athlete went on to win back-to-back silver medals at the 2014 and 2015 World Rowing U23 Championships in the men’s pair.
Jack joined the Men’s National Training Centre in 2016/17 and was selected, alongside fellow NSWIS athlete Spencer Turrin, to row in the Men’s Coxless Four at the 2017 World Rowing Cup 2 where they took gold. Jack then raced in the Men’s Eight at World Rowing Cup 3 claiming silver. At the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Florida, Jack and Spencer were selected again in the Men’s Coxless four. The crew flew out of the start, led at every mark and held off the Italians to take the win. It had been 26 years since Australia had won the boat class.
It was consecutive gold for Jack and the Men’s Four at the 2018 World Championships with multiple World Cup gold medals across 2018/19. Jack was a member of the Men’s Four crew at the 2019 World Rowing Championships who secured a berth for Australia for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
A member of the Australian Olympic Team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Jack made his Olympic debut and rowed with the Australian men’s coxless four to a gold medal victory. Combined with fellow NSWIS athletes Alexander Purnell, Spencer Turrin and Australian teammate Alexander Hill, the coxless four team successfully broke Great Britain’s 20-year Olympic gold medal-winning streak and lead the Australian team from three consecutive silvers to their first victory since Atlanta 1996.
For their achievements at the Tokyo 2020 Games, Jack, Alex and Spencer were awarded the Powerade Male Athlete(s) of the Year Award at the 2021 NSWIS Awards.
In 2022, the Dr Stephen Hinchy Memorial Trophy was presented to NSWIS scholarship holder to Jack for the first time.