Rowing is one of the world’s last remaining international amateur sports and recognised for its tradition and appeal to athletes of all ages.
Rowing is one of the cornerstone Olympic sports and Rowing Australia enjoys the benefits of having close working relationships with the Australian Sports Commission and Australian Olympic Committee.
On the water, Australian rowing has a long and proud history of success and wins multiple medals at most major international competitions.
At the 2003 FISA World Championships in Milan, Australia won six medals and qualified 12 boats (out of a possible 14) to compete at the Athens Olympics in 2004. The only other country to equal this achievement was Germany.
At the 2004 Olympic Games, Australia won one gold medal, one silver medal and two bronze medals. Australia finished as the top men's nation at the Games, being the only country to win three medals in men's events. In the overall tally, Australia was one of only four nations to win four medals. Following the 2004 Olympic Games and World Championships, Australia was ranked as the 3rd leading rowing nation in the world.
In 2005, Australia won six medals at the FISA World Championships in Gifu, and again finished near the top of the medal table.
Rowing Australia is the national governing body for the sport of rowing. Formed in 1925, it is the only organisation recognised by the Federation Internationale des Societies d’Aviron (FISA), the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) to conduct rowing activities in and on behalf of Australia.
Rowing Australia and its affiliates represent in excess of 15,000 active members ranging from young rowers at school through to those at universities and in the wider community right through to veterans rowing.
Rowing Australia member associations operate in seven states with over 185 schools and 156 clubs offering rowing programs.
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