David Crawshay Peter Williams/ICONPHOTO

Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 1st (double scull)
  • 2004 Athens - 7th (quad scull)

Recent Performances

  • 2nd (double) - 2012 World Cup 2 (Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • 4th (double) - 2011 World Championships (Bled, Slovenia)
  • 7th (double) - 2011 World Cup 3 (Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • 1st (single) - 2011 Australian Rowing Championships (West Lakes, Australia)
  • 1st (double) - 2011 Australian Rowing Championships (West Lakes, Australia)
  • 3rd (quad) - 2011 Australian Rowing Championships (West Lakes, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Winning a gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the men's double sculls
  • Winning silver in the men's quadruple sculls at the 2009 World Rowing Championships
  • Winning the King's Cup for eight-oared boats as part of the Victorian crew at the 2006 National Championships at Lake Barrington in Tasmania

Interesting Facts

  • A veteran of 10 World Championships and two Olympic Games, David Crawshay goes to London as a gold medal favourite alongside Scott Brennan in the double scull.
  • The pair won gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and if they defend their medal in London, will be the first to do so in their event since Jack Kelly and Paul Costello did at the Paris 1924 Games. They also competed together along with Duncan Free and Shaun Coulton in the quad scull at the 2004 Athens Olympics, finishing seventh.
  • After Beijing, Crawshay's rowing partner Brennan took a couple of years out of the sport to pursue his career but the pair rejoined and have been working slowly towards London, including a fourth place finish at the 2011 World Championships in Slovenia. They then dominated Olympic trials in 2012 to ensure they would compete in London.
  • Crawshay has won two World Championship medals - bronze in the quad scull in 2010 and silver in the quad scull in 2009.
  • David enjoys completing cryptic crosswords and has managed to get out the really hard one in the Australian a couple of time. His first successful attempt is hanging up on the fridge at home.


Years on national team



Rhett Ayliffe (2008, 2010 - current)
Chris O'Brien (2005 - 2010)

Primary Training Base

Canberra, ACT

Secondary Training Base

Melbourne, VIC


Mercantile Rowing Club (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

Australian Institute of Sport (Canberra, ACT, Australia)
Victorian Institute of Sport (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)



Deepdene Primary School & Melbourne Grammar School (VIC, Australia)


Melbourne Grammar School (VIC, Australia)


Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - University of Melbourne (1998 - 2002)

Rowing Team

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