International Reps

Our International Reps

We are so proud of our members who have gone on to represent our country.  #GoAussieGo! #yeahmelbourne!

A young Sarah Hawe (3 seat) started her rowing at Melbourne Rowing Club before moving to Tasmania for university.  She resumed her rowing with Huon Rowing Club and made her first senior team at age 29 in the Women's Four in 2017.  She continues to represent Australia having already won World Championships in the Four and is pursuing Olympic selection.

The tenacious Ria Thompson delighted the world when she took out the U23 W1x World Championship in 2019.  She started her rowing career at Melbourne Rowing Club before moving to Queensland and pursuing her rowing there.

The impressive Jane Robinson started rowing in her 20's after spending her early years competing on horseback.  Her first foray into water sports was canoeing and she saw the light of rowing and the rest is history!  Jane quickly developed her rowing and moved to Canberra, representing Australia from 1996-2004, in Quad Sculls, Double Sculls, Fours and Eights.  She is a triple Olympian and multiple World Champion.  Jane continues in the sport as Director of Rowing at Korowa and is greatly admired by her Melbourne club mates.

David Ochert's rowing career spans nearly fifty years, for which he received well-deserved recognition with an OAM in 2018.  He has a decorated history including coaching the 1997 Gold medal World Champion Lightweight Australian Pair and launched the rowing careers of Skyla Froebel and Ria Thomson.

David Grubits is a different kind of international star, making his mark as an Official.  In between international appearances, Dave can be found at local regattas, because he loves it!

Peter Edwards rowed for Australia in the 60's and represented in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games in the Men's Eight.  He remains one of our favourite rowers with the popular Quad Scull named in his honour.

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