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Drew Ginn OAM

Top – Drew winning the pair in Beijing – just unbelievable

1993 – Interstate Men’s Youth Eight Championship five seat – Second

1993 – Trans Tasman Series & Nations Cup – Men’s Eight

1994 – Interstate Men’s Youth Eight Championship six seat – First

1994 – Trans Tasman Under 23 – Men’s Eight five seat

1994 – Nations Cup – Men’s Eight five seat – Fourth

1995 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship three seat – First

1995 – World Championships – Men’s Eight bow – Eleventh

1996 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship five seat – First

1996 – Olympic Games – Men’s Coxless Four bow – Gold

1997 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – Third

1997 – World Championships – Men’s Eight seven seat – Bronze

1998 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – First

1998 – World Championships – Men’s Coxed Four three seat – Gold

1998 – World Championships – Men’s Coxless Pair stroke – Silver

1999 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship six seat – Second

1999 – World Championships – Men’s Coxless Pair bow – Gold

2000 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship – First

2002 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship seven seat – First

2003 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship seven seat – First

2002 – World Championships – Men’s Coxless Pair bow – Fourth

2003 – World Championships – Men’s Coxless Pair bow – Gold

2003 – FISA male rower of the year jointly with James Tomkins

2004 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship seven seat – Second

2004 – Olympic Games – Men’s Coxless Pair bow – Gold

2004 – AOC Athletes Commission Member

2006 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship stroke – First

2006 – World Championships – Men’s Pair bow – Gold

2006 – World Cup Poznan – Men’s Pair bow – Gold

2007 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship stroke – First

2007 – World Cup – Men’s Pair bow – Gold

2007 – World Championships – Men’s Pair bow – Gold

2007 – FISA male rower of the year, jointly with Duncan Free

2007 – One of Harry Gordon’s 100 Greatest Olympians

2008 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship stroke – Second

2008 – Olympic Games Men’s Pair – Gold.

2010 – Inducted into the Victorian Rowing Hall of Fame

2012 – Olympic Games Men’s Four three seat – Silver

2012 onwards – National Head Coach – Integration

 

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Above – presentation at Athens

Harry Gordon wrote of Drew: The illustrious Olympic career of Drew Ginn, winner of three gold medals, was ignited when a slot in the Oarsome Foursome coxless fours crew became available before the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Andrew Cooper had withdrawn from the crew which had won gold in Barcelona in 1992, leaving James Tomkins, Mike McKay and Nick Green. Rowing selectors tried several candidates before settling on the 21-year-old. Ginn was a gifted athlete, having won school colours in four different disciplines at Melbourne’s Scotch College. He had impressed the Foursome’s coach, Noel Donaldson, when he went overseas with Australia’s under-23 eight in 1994. After a few early settling-in problems with his older team-mates, Ginn became a valuable member of the Foursome crew, which went on to win gold in Atlanta.

Ginn and Tomkins, 10 years his senior, later teamed up, and won the 1999 pairs world championship. They were favoured for gold at the Sydney 2000 Games, but Ginn was forced to withdraw, a prolapsed disc in his back causing horrific pain. Tomkins rowed at short notice with an emergency, Matthew Long — and they won bronze. After two years of rehabilitation and recovery work, Ginn talked with Tomkins about trying again … and they agreed to give it a go. They rowed perfectly to win gold in Athens in 2004. Afterwards, with the 2008 Beijing Games ahead, Ginn linked up with Duncan Free, who had won bronze in quad sculls in 1996. They won two world titles together, then – despite further back pain for Ginn during the Games – went on to win Beijing gold in commanding fashion. Harry Gordon, AOC Historian

 

Harry Gordon’s description of 2008 understates the situation. He endured enormous pain rowing at the Games and rowed only three times, heat, semi-final and final. No other in the boat work was undertaken. At each of these races, the team spare man was in the wings ready to jump in at the last moment. His journey back to Australia was painful and on his back. Following another operation after the Games and doctors orders never to row again, in 2010 he raced again in London and won a silver medal. He then continued his medal tally at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

 

1996 M4- Hebfotos
Above – 1996 Olympic Champions

 

Andrew Guerin Oct 2013

 

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