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James Tomkins

Speakers and Legends




Career Highlights and Awards

Beijing Olympics Sixth place 2008
Athens Olympics, Gold medal 2004
Gold medal, Coxless Pairs World Championships 2003
World Championships: Fourth place 2002
Sydney Olympics, Bronze medal 2000
World Championships: Gold medal 1999
Coxed Pair World Championships: Gold medal 1998
Gold medal, GoldCoxed Four World Championships 1998
Coxless Four European Championships: Silver medal 1996
Atlanta Olympics, Gold Medal 1996
Barcelona Olympics, Gold medal 1992
1992 European Championships: Gold medal
1991 European Championships: Gold medal
1991 World Championships: Gold medal
1990 European Championships: Gold medal
1990 World Championships: Gold medal
Seoul (Eights) Fifth place 1988

Crew of the Year 2003
Rower of the Year 1999
Order of Australia 1997


Jack Elliott


One of Australia’s greatest rowers, James Tomkins is the only rower in history to win World Championship titles in every sweep oar event. Having competed in six Olympic Games, James Tomkins is truly an inspiration. His achievements were recognised in 2010 when James was awarded the International Rowing community’s most pretigious award ‘The Thomas Keller’ medal.

With Mike McKay, Nick Green and Andrew Cooper, James took the rowing world by storm in the early 1990?s earning the “Oarsome Foursome” name, with convincing victories in the 1990 and 1991 World Championships, and the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

In 1998 the Oarsome Foursome returned to international competition and rowed as a coxed four, winning gold at the World Championships in Cologne. At the same regatta, James teamed up with fellow crew member Nick Green to win gold in the coxed pairs.

At Sydney 2000, James teamed up with fellow Victorian, Matthew Long to row in the coxless pair and went on to win his third consecutive medal at an Olympic Games. James made his fifth Olympic Games in Athens a memorable one when he and Ginn rowed to victory in the coxless pairs winning Australia’s sole gold medal at the Athens regatta. In the process, James won his third Olympic gold medal.

Competing in his sixth Olympics at Beijing, a legendary feat, James was awarded the honour of carrying the Australian Flag at the opening ceremony of the games. In 2012, Tomkins was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, as well as being elected into the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission.

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