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Thursday 20 November

Barnaby Eaton appointed as Rowing Australia's National Talent Pathway Manager

Rowing Australia today announced Barnaby Eaton has been appointed as Rowing Australia's new National Talent Pathway Manager. Mr Eaton will join Rowing Australia in January 2015 having resigned from his role as Director of Sport at the Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) in Queensland.

In his new role, Mr Eaton will oversee the elite development activities of Rowing Australia including aspects of the National U19, U21 and U23 teams, talent identification programs and the relationship between Rowing Australia and the US-based Australian athletes.

Mr Eaton will be well-known to the rowing community of Australia having also sat on the Rowing Australia Board from 2010 to 2012 and of course in his present role as Chairman of Rowing Queensland. He will step down from Rowing Queensland from the end of the year.

He career in rowing began as the Talent Identification Program Coordinator and High Performance Rowing Coach at the South Australian Institute of Sport during the nineties before beginning a successful time in schools as Director of Rowing at Scotch in Adelaide, St Margaret's in Brisbane and Churchie, also in Brisbane. Mr Eaton was appointed Director of Sport and Activities at Churchie in 2008 and has overseen a strong phase of growth and performance.

"I'm extremely excited to be taking up the role of National Talent Pathway Manager and working closely with all the State Talent Pathway Coordinators and State Associations to continue to grow and develop our future rowing talent.

"The opportunity to partner with the next generation of high performance coaches and athletes in the pursuit of podium outcomes at major events is a really exciting challenge and I look forward to being a part of the team aiming to become the World's number one rowing nation."

Jaime Fernandez, Rowing Australia Deputy High Performance Manager, added: "We are delighted to have Barnaby joining the Rowing Australia team as the National Talent Pathway Manager.

"His strong coaching and state rowing relationships will prove valuable in this role and we are looking forward to him starting in the new year and leading the National Talent Pathway Program from the front."

For more information, please contact:

Lucy Benjamin
Rowing Australia – Media and Communications Manager
Mob: +61 457 744 434


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