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High Performance Talent Pathway

A major review of Rowing Australia’s high performance and pathway program was conducted following the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. This review included an extensive consultation process across various stakeholder groups, a detailed analysis of past performances and a scoping of international best practice. As a result of the review, RA’s long term high performance plan ‘CampainNumberOne’ was developed and introduced transformational change to the high performance model to provide Australian rowers with the best opportunity for success. One such change was the development of bespoke state-based pathway programs, working with schools, clubs and states to enhance the development of young athletes.

These programs have a clear goal of developing young athletes capable of transitioning into the national training centres and assisting RA achieve its aim of being the ‘number one rowing nation in the world’. In addition, these programs capitalise and expand on the prior work of the High Performance Development Program with a broader focus that includes traditional pathway development incorporating talent identification, a greater focus on National Team retention and outcomes, and the US-Based Australian Program.

The state-based pathway programs are led by our SIS/SAS and SSO partners and will benefit from national leadership and coordination from Rowing Australia. Pathway programs must be capable of producing more podium potential athletes than they do today. The support and engagement of all stakeholders, including clubs and schools, will be critical to our future success.

The Deputy Performance Director oversees this program, working alongside the Pathways Head Coach. The Head Coaches of the State Institutes and State Academies of Sport are listed below.


Head Coach: Nick Garratt

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Program Manager: Lizzi Chapman

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Acting Head Coach: Ben Southwell


Head Coach: Jason Lane

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Head Coach: Brett Crow


Head Coach: Bill Tait

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Head Coach: Rhett Ayliffe

For more information on the Talent Pathway, please contact your relevant State Talent Pathway Coordinator, details of whom can be found here.