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John Driessen appointed as special consultant to Rowing Australia

Rowing Australia is pleased to announce that John Driessen will continue to work with Australia’s top rowers for the next quadrennial. Driessen, who has overseen two Australian crews to medals at the last two Olympic Games, will be working with RA as a special coaching consultant.

Driessen’s role will see him provide specialist advice, mentoring and skill development to both coaches and athletes across the spectrum of teams, from elite through to underage and within the pathway program.

A sculling specialist, Driessen has had continued success with Australian Rowing Team crews, including overseeing Australia’s 2016 Olympic silver medal-winning Men’s Quad, who also claimed back-to-back 2016 World Rowing Cup gold medals. He also coached the Australia’s Men’s Quad to a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, while the same boat class, won gold at the World Rowing Championships the year before, under his guidance.

“I’m looking forwarding to working in this role and providing specialist support and mentoring to Australia’s top rowers and coaches.

“I am also excited to be working within the pathway system, sharing my experiences with Australia’s future stars and also their coaches. I am particularly excited about working across different boat classes and fields within the sport, which I’m sure will provide me with a greater opportunity to help others,” said Driessen.

Rowing Australia Deputy Performance Director, Jaime Fernandez said: “It is fantastic to have retained someone of John’s calibre within our system.

“He will no doubt provide invaluable rowing insight to not only those athletes and coaches he works within the elite environment, but also within the pathway program where his experience and skills will be highly valued.”

John Driessen’s appointment as a coaching consultant, comes off the back of Rowing Australia announcing the recent appointment of the Men’s and Women’s Head Coaches of Ian Wright and John Keogh as well as Head Coach Pathway’s Lyall McCarthy.