Twelve NSWIS graduates and one scholarship athlete are amongst the 38-strong rowing team announced onto the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo.
The Australian Olympic Committee announced the team in Adelaide who will compete across the nine qualified boats, with 29 athletes set to make their Olympic debuts.
The 38-strong team is the largest so far named to the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo, taking the number of selected athletes to 187 of an expected 450-strong Team.
In a family affair, Nick and Alexander Purnell become the first brothers on the Australian Olympic rowing team since 2004, while Georgie Rowe makes her Olympic debut just four years after taking up the sport having transitioned from surf boats in 2017.
Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Team Ian Chesterman welcomed the rowers to the Australian Olympic Team.
“Congratulations to all 38 rowers on your selection to the Australian Olympic Team,” Mr Chesterman said. “Australia has such a rich Olympic legacy in rowing and these athletes should be very proud that they will continue to build on this outstanding tradition.
“We will have one of the biggest rowing teams of any country, with 38 athletes from nine qualified boats showing the depth and class of Australian rowing.
“Today is also a great moment for the families, friends, supporters, coaches and support staff who have helped these athletes realise their Olympic dream in Tokyo.”
Ian Robson, Rowing Australia CEO said he was delighted to see 38 athletes named in the Australian Olympic Rowing Team.
“The selection to the Australian Olympic Team is a proud moment for all our athletes, it reflects their hard work, resilience and determination to succeed in our sport of rowing.
“We’re thrilled to have nine boats representing Australia at the Tokyo Olympics, including six sweep boats and three sculling crews and we are looking forward to seeing them line up on the start line at Tokyo Bay to chase their Olympic dreams.
“Those dreams would not be possible without the support our athletes have received along their journey to the Games. It has taken a collective of family, friends, coaches, schools, clubs and more to get them to this point and on behalf of Rowing Australia, I’d like to thank them all for helping our rowers on their pathway to Tokyo.”
NSWIS Rowing Graduate / Scholarship athletes:
Tara Rigney – Women’s double scull (NSWIS Scholarship Athlete)
Genevieve Horton – Sweep squad (NSWIS Graduate)
Georgie Rowe – Sweep squad (NSWIS Graduate)
Harriet Hudson – Women’s quad scull (NSWIS Graduate)
Rowena Meredith – Women’s quad scull (NSWIS Graduate)
Sam Hardy – Men’s pair (NSWIS Graduate)
Jack Hargreaves – Men’s four (NSWIS Graduate)
Alexander Purnell – Men’s four (NSWIS Graduate)
Spencer Turrin – Men’s four (NSWIS Graduate)
Nick Lavery – Men’s eight (NSWIS Graduate)
Jack O’Brien – Men’s eight (NSWIS Graduate)
Nick Purnell – Men’s eight (NSWIS Graduate)
Cameron Girdlestone – Men’s quad scull (NSWIS Graduate)