Drew Ginn Peter Williams/ICONPHOTO

Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 1st (pair)
  • 2004 Athens - 1st (pair)
  • 1996 Atlanta - 1st (four)

Recent Performances

  • 1st (four) - 2012 World Cup 3 (Munich, Germany)
  • 2nd (four) - 2012 World Cup 2 (Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • 3rd (four) - 2011 World Championships (Bled, Slovenia)
  • 7th (four) - 2011 World Cup 3 (Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • 1st (pair) - 2011 Australian Rowing Championships (West Lakes, Australia)
  • 1st (four) - 2011 Australian Rowing Championships (West Lakes, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Winning three Olympic gold medals - Atlanta 1996, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008

Interesting Facts

  • Drew Ginn will be 37 years old when he competes in London and will go to the Games as one of Australia's most experienced and decorated athletes.
  • A member of the famous 'Oarsome Foursome' crew that won gold at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics, Ginn has gone on to win two more golds from two more Games - in the pair with James Tomkins at Athens 2004 and again with Duncan Free at Beijing 2008. If Ginn is to win gold in London he will become Australia's most successful rowing Olympian.
  • After Atlanta, Ginn and Tomkins, who was 10 years his senior, teamed up and won the 1999 World Championship in the pair. They were favoured for gold at the Sydney 2000 Games, but Ginn was forced to withdraw after suffering a prolapsed disc in his back.
  • Ginn's back problem again caused him grief at the Beijing Games and he was nearly forced to withdraw from competition but rowed through the pain to win gold with Free.
  • Ginn has competed at nine World Championships from which he has taken home eight medals including five gold. As a youngster, Ginn excelled in many sports and even competed at the 1984 and 1985 BMX World Championships placing 3rd and 6th in the under 10s and 11s respectively. He settled on rowing however and made his international debut at the age of 20 in 1995.


Years on national team



Chris O'Brien

Primary Training Base

Melbourne, Australia

Secondary Training Base

Gold Coast, Canberra, Italy


Mercantile Rowing Club, Melbourne


Victorian Institute of Sport, Melbourne



Inverloch, St Josephs (VIC, Australia)


Scotch College (VIC, Australia)

Rowing Team

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