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Josh Dunkley-Smith

Above: 2014 World Championships – presentation of bronze medal

Joshua Dunkley-Smith took up rowing at the age of 15 at Geelong College. He joined Mercantile in 2008. His illustrious career at State and National level started almost immediately.

2006 – APS Head of the River Geelong College first crew five seat – Second

2007 – APS Head of the River Geelong College first crew six seat and Captain of Boats

2008 – Interstate Championships Men’s Youth Eight three seat – First

2009 – Interstate Championships Men’s Youth Eight stroke – First

2009 – World Under 23 Championships Men’s Eight stroke – Fourth

2009 – World Championships Men’s Eight two seat – Seventh

2010 – Interstate Championships Men’s Eight stroke – Second

2010 – World Cup Munich Men’s Four – Gold

2010 – World Cup Lucerne Men’s Eight – Silver

2010 – Under 23 World Championships Men’s Four stroke – Bronze

2010 – World Championships Men’s Eight stroke – Bronze

2011 – Interstate Championships Men’s Eight six seat – Second

2011 – World Championships Men’s Four stroke – Bronze

2012 – Interstate Championships Men’s Eight stroke – Second

2012 – World Cup Lucerne Men’s Four – Silver

2012 – World Cup Munich Men’s Four – Gold

2012 – Olympic Games Men’s Four stroke – Silver

2013 – Interstate Championships Men’s Eight stroke – second

2013 – World Cup Sydney Men’s Four – Gold

2013 – World Cup Eton Men’s Four – Gold

2013 – World Cup Lucerne Men’s Four – Silver

2013 – World Championships Men’s Four – Silver

2014 – Interstate Championships Men’s Eight stroke – Third

2014 – World Cup Sydney Men’s Eight – Gold

2014 – World Cup Sydney Men’s Four – Bronze

2014 – World Cup Aiguebelette Men’s Four – Silver

2014 – World Championships Men’s Four two seat – Bronze

2015 – Interstate Championships Men’s Eight six seat – First

2015 – World Cup Lucerne Men’s Eight seven seat – Fifth

2015 – World Championships Men’s Four two seat – Silver

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Above: Josh’s first King’s Cup win in 2015

Obviously Josh’s performance at the 2012 Olympic Games was an enormous achievement alongside fellow Mercantile member Drew Ginn.  They won their heat by almost three seconds, setting a new Olympic record, before finishing second behind the British in the semi-final. The final was extremely close, with the Australians finishing just 1.22 seconds behind Great Britain to take silver.

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Above: Josh in the 2014 Olympic Four

Josh’s mother Addy Bucek, is a dual Olympian in sailing – 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Games. He travelled with his mother to the Olympic Games and grew up familiar with the life of an athlete which inspired him to become an Olympian himself. With Rio around the corner, he could become a dual Olympian himself.

Josh is a rare natural talent in the sport. His huge ergometer scores are legendary and his long relaxed technique, a joy to watch. His best years are ahead of him.

 

Andrew Guerin October 2015

 

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