Australian Rowing Team Preview – Tokyo 2020

“The Australian Rowing Community has every reason to be very excited about the potential of our team to be hugely successful in Tokyo”

Following the Rio Olympics the Australian Rowing team was reinvigorated with the appointment of Bernard Savage as High Performance Manager, Ian Wright as Men’s Head Coach and John Keough as Women’s Head Coach.  If you had to sum up the performance of the High Performance Executive in giving our rowers the best opportunity to perform on the world stage then you would use the word uncompromising! The recent bushfires are case in point with administrators, coaches and athletes all upending their lives and moving to Tasmania to ensure they can maintain their training regimen and be the best they can be.   The commitment of our NTC athletes and coaches has to be commended.

Historically Australia has had some amazing performances and great success at the Olympics.  The encouraging sign for Australian rowing is that the new centralised system is bringing results across both genders and multiple boat classes through a systematic process with all athletes provided the opportunity to excel.  This has seen some new (and old!) faces on the medal dias in recent years.  If you track the results over the last three world championships it is clear there is a strong trajectory of improvement as our rowers mature physiologically, technically and in their ability to perform when it counts.  As a result the Australian Rowing Community has every reason to be very excited about the potential of our team to be hugely successful in Tokyo!!

The coming weeks will see the team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics selected.  Key events to watch with interest are:

  • 7-9 February:  New South Wales State Championships
  • 8 February:  Rowing Australia will announce the invitation list for the selection trials
  • 28 February – 6 March:  Australian Rowing Team selection trials
  • 7 March:  World Cup Tour Team announced
  • 23-29 March:  Australian Rowing Championships
  • 1-3 May:  World Cup 2 (Varese, Italy)
  • 17-19 May:  Final Qualification Regatta (Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • 22-24 May:  World Cup 3 (Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • 1 June:  Announcement of nominated crews to Australian Olympic Committee