Bronwyn Cox (Women's Eight) and Annabelle McIntyre (Women's Pair and Four) together in action

Bronwyn Cox (Women's Eight) and Annabelle McIntyre (Women's Pair and Four) together in action. Credit: Western Australian Institute of Sport

Rowing Australia announced the biggest contingent of athletes for Tokyo 2020 so far. 38 rowers across nine boats carrying Australia's hopes.

Rowing Australia announced the 38 athletes that will be going to Tokyo 2020, in the nine boats that have qualified.

There are 29 debutants, with eight athletes at their second Olympiad. Joshua Booth (Men’s Four) to be the elder statesman of the team, at his third Games.

Nicholas and Alexander Purcell (Men’s Four and Eight respectively) will take their brother’s act to the Games, as the first set of brothers to row together at the Olympics for Australia since 2004.

Rosie Popa (Women’s Four) follows in her parent’s footsteps, Sue Chapman-Popa and Ion Popa, who medalled for Australia at Los Angeles in 1984.

Annabelle McIntrye and Jessica Morrison will both double up, racing the pair and the four, taking the torch from Kim Brennan, who in 2012 was the last rower to double up (Single and Double).

Rio silver medallists Booth and Alexander Hill (both Men’s Four) and Cameron Girdlestone (Men’s Quad) will return, with the hope of going one better at Tokyo.

“To be named in my second Olympic team is an honour,” Hill said.

“I’m excited to see not only what we can do as a four, but also to see what the entire Australian Olympic Rowing Team can do in Tokyo.”

The year delay caused by COVID-19 seems to have also helped a number of athletes.

“The last 12 months has taught us to be resilient as a team and we have worked hard to ensure we’re the best we can be leading into these Olympics”.

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Debutant Amanda Bateman (Double Scull) agreed.

“It has been a tumultuous journey, including the 12-month delay and lockdown training period in Victoria, before being able to return to regular training in Penrith with the entire women’s team,” Bateman said.

“The extra year has enabled Tara and I to come together and fine-tune our double. I cannot wait for the privilege of pulling on the green and gold in Tokyo and do Australia proud.”

Full Rowing Australia Team

Amanda BatemanWomen’s Double ScullDebut
Tara RigneyWomen’s Double ScullDebut
Ria ThompsonWomen’s Quad ScullDebut
Rowena MeredithWomen’s Quad ScullDebut
Harriet HudsonWomen’s Quad ScullDebut
Caitlin CroninWomen’s Quad ScullDebut
Jessica MorrisonWomen’s Pair, Women’s FourSecond Games
(Rio 2016)
Annabelle McIntyreWomen’s Pair, Women’s FourDebut
Rosemary PopaWomen’s FourDebut
Lucy StephanWomen’s FourSecond Games
(Rio 2016)
Olympia AlderseyWomen’s EightSecond Games
(Rio 2016)
Molly GoodmanWomen’s EightSecond Games
(Rio 2016)
Sarah HaweWomen’s EightDebut
Genevieve HortonWomen’s EightSecond Games
(Rio 2016)
Bronwyn CoxWomen’s EightDebut
Giorgia PattenWomen’s EightDebut
Georgina RoweWomen’s EightDebut
Katrina WerryWomen’s EightDebut
James RookWomen’s Eight (Cox)Debut
Jack ClearyMen’s Quad ScullDebut
Caleb AntillMen’s Quad ScullDebut
Cameron GirdlestoneMen’s Quad ScullSecond Games
(Rio 2016) – Silver Medal
Luke LetcherMen’s Quad ScullDebut
Sam HardyMen’s PairDebut
Joshua HicksMen’s PairDebut
Alexander PurcellMen’s FourDebut
Spencer TurrinMen’s FourSecond Games
(Rio 2016)
Jack HargreavesMen’s FourDebut
Alexander HillMen’s FourSecond Games
(Rio 2016) – Silver Medal
Nicholas LaveryMen’s EightDebut
Angus WiddicombeMen’s EightDebut
Angus DawsonMen’s EightDebut
Simon KeenanMen’s EightDebut
Nicholas PurcellMen’s EightDebut
Timothy MastersMen’s EightDebut
Joshua BoothMen’s EightThird Games
(London 2012, Rio 2016)
Silver Medal at Rio 2016
Jack O’BrienMen’s EightDebut
Stuart SimMen’s Eight (Cox)Debut

The Rowing competition at Tokyo 2020 commences on July 23rd, and will finish on July 30th.

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