High Performance

Rowing WA works with clubs and schools to support High Performance representation throughout Western Australia, Australia and overseas. Western Australia has a long history of success at the highest levels of the sport and continues to produce some of the world's best rowers. 

Our HP Pathways Strategy

Our Pathways 2024 Strategic Plan outlines how Western Australia goes about developing and supporting our High Performance pathways to ensure we are consistently producing world-class rowers. You can read more about Pathways 2024 here. 

Photo: 2023 Bronze medal-winning Under 23 Men's Quad - Alex Rossi (WARC), Johnson Daubney (SRRC), Harry Fox (Melb Uni BC), Nick Blackman (Adelaide Uni BC), Coach: Jamie Hewlett (WAIS)

The Australian Rowing Team Structure

Australian Rowing Teams are presided over by Rowing Australia and selected by their Selection Panels.

Jason Lane is Rowing Australia's Head of Pathways, and he recorded a podcast on just this topic - explaining the Underage Teams (that is - Under 19/'Junior', Under 21, Under 23, and the Australia A Team (a sub-team of Senior age (>23) athletes)). Listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts!

The teams are structured into the following categories:

All National Team selection information can be found here.

Photo: 2023 Bronze medal-winning Under 23 Women's Coxless Four (Sarah Marriott (Melb Uni BC), Sara de Uray (Melb Uni BC), Rebecca Pretorius (SRRC), Phoebe Robinson (UQBC).

National Training Centres

The two National Training Centres are the cornerstone of the centralised training system that Rowing Australia introduced after the Rio 2016 Olympics. This system was designed to better support Australian senior athletes by bringing the top athletes together to train side by side at the same facility every day. Rowing Australia provides financial assistance to NTC athletes so that they are able to relocate to the centres and train full time. Para Athletes are not required to relocate to the NTCs. Athletes go through a selection process to be accepted into these training centres. Most if not all rowers who compete on the Senior Team are based out of an NTC. In 2022, seven athletes from WA were selected to join the NTCs. 

The Reinhold Batschi Men's National Training Centre is located in Canberra, ACT.

The Hancock Prospecting Women's National Training Centre is located in Penrith, NSW. 

WAIS Rowing

The West Australian Institute of Sport's Rowing program operates a daily training environment for emerging and developing athletes, with the intention of graduating athletes to the Australian Rowing Team. WAIS offers the opportunity for athletes to gain Rowing Scholarships by achieving the selection criteria outlined in their Selection Guidelines, Criteria and Process.  Scholarship athletes have access to coaching and the Performance Enhancement Team covering strength and conditioning and sport science and sports medicine services – physiology, psychology, biomechanics, sports nutrition and physiotherapy and support outside of sport through athlete wellbeing and engagement.