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Drew Ginn

Speakers and Legends


Date of Birth


Career Highlights and Awards

  • Beijing Olympics Men’s Coxless Pairs, Gold 2008
  • World Championships Coxless Pairs: 1st 2007
  • World Championships: -1st 2006
  • Olympics Men’s Coxless Pairs, Gold 2004
  • World Championships: -1st 2003
  • Crew of the Year Award 2003
  • World Championships: – 4th 2002
  • Men’s Coxless Fours – 1st 2000
  • Awarded Australian Sports Medal 2000
  • World Championships: – 1st 1999
  • World Championships: – 2nd 1998
  • World Championships Coxed Four: – 1st 1998
  • World Championships Men’s Eight: – 3rd 1997
  • European Championships Coxless Fours: – 2nd 1996


Jack Elliott


Drew made his international debut in 1995 at age 20 as a member of the Eight that placed fourth at the European Championships and eleventh at the World Championships, and later becoming a member of the world famous Oarsome Foursome after the retirement of Andrew Cooper. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the Oarsome Foursome rowed their way into Australian sporting history and Drew realized his childhood dream of becoming an Olympian and gold medallist.

The Sydney Olympics in 2000 proved to be one of Drew’s greatest challenges. Drew and his rowing partner, James Tomkins, had planned to row the straight pair when Drew developed a career threatening back injury and was forced to withdraw from the boat.

Heading to Athens in 2004 keen to atone for his Sydney 2000 disappointment, Drew combined brilliantly with Tomkins in the pairs to win his second Olympic Gold in a race described by former Oarsome Foursome teammate, Nick Green, as “perfect.” Drew carved a place among Australia’s great Olympians by winning his third gold at the Beijing games in 2008. It was an amazing feat to win his third gold but more amazing that he was in the boat at the starting line in the beginning. Due to a debilitating back injury Drew could barley walk in the lead up to the games, let alone row. Back in Melbourne following another surgery on his back, Drew took up cycling to keep fit. In the process he claimed gold in the Oceania Cycling Championships – incredible.

Unable to give up his sporting lifestyle Drew was back in boat training eight times a week in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics. A  gold medal at the World  Cup in June 2012 proved that Drew was in form. A silver medal at his last Olympic Games has cemented Drew as one of Australia’s greatest ever athletes.

Drew is now a proud family man who divides his time between his current commitments as the National Head Coach of Rowing Australia, and keynote speaking engagements and seminars.

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