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Robyn Selby Smith

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Top – 2005 World Champions

Above – At Mercantile

2001 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships three seat– Gold

2002 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championship six seat – Silver

2003 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championship six seat – Silver

2004 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championship five seat – Bronze

2004 – World Championships Women’s Four stroke seat – Eighth

2005 – Interstate Women’s Sculling Championships– Sixth

2005 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships four seat – Gold

2005 – World Cup I Women’s Pair stroke seat – Bronze

2005 – World Cup II Women’s Eight two seat – Gold

2005 – World Cup II Women’s Pair stroke seat – Silver

2005 – World Championships Women’s Eight two seat – Gold

2005 – World Championships Women’s Four bow seat – Gold

2006 – Interstate Women’s Sculling Championships– Sixth

2006 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships six seat – Gold

2006 – World Cup I Women’s Eight bow seat – Bronze

2006 – World Championships Women’s Eight bow seat – Bronze

2006 – World Championships Women’s Four bow seat – Gold

2007 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships two seat – Gold

2007 – World Cup II Women’s Four bow seat – Gold

2007 – World Championships Women’s Eight three seat – Fourth

2008 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships two seat– Gold

2008 – World Cup I Women’s Eight bow seat – Gold

2010 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships six seat – Gold

2011 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships two seat – Gold

2012 – Interstate Women’s Eight Championships six seat – Gold

2012 – Olympic Games – Women’s Eight three seat– Sixth

2013-Currrent – Captain Mercantile Rowing Club

2013-4 – Australian Junior Selector

 

The highlights of Robyn’s international rowing career were the 2005 World Championships where Robyn was in the winning 4- and 8+ and becoming an Olympian in 2012 in the W8. The lowlight was missing out on the Beijing Olympic eight after being in the eight which won the first World Cup in 2008 by six seconds. After being a reserve for the Beijing Olympic eight Robyn took a break from rowing. Leading into 2012, Robyn returned to rowing and played a vital role in the battle to allow a women’s eight to represent Australia for the first time since Beijing. Robyn was selected in the Australian women’s eight in 2012 which qualified for the Olympics at the final qualification regatta and finished 6th in London. Domestically, Robyn rowed in many successful Mercantile eights as well as Victorian eights. Retiring after London, Robyn returned to her career as a lawyer and has kept up her strong interest in the sport.

Written by Andrew Guerin in October 2015.

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