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Selection Panels announced for all teams

Rowing Australia is pleased to announce the Selection Panels for our Underage, Para and Senior Teams this year (2017).

Senior Selection Panel

Our Chair of Selectors for our two Senior Panels will be Dr. Victoria Roberts. She will sit in addition to the Head Coach and Senior Coaches of the respective National Training Centres.

Victoria is a former world champion rower and dual Olympian who has been a member of the RA Selection Appeals Tribunal for the last six years. In addition, She has been an Athletes’ Commission member and Board member of both the Australian Olympic Committee and Rowing Australia, and has recently completed a PhD from Melbourne University where she lectures in the Faculty of Business and Economics.

We are confident Victoria’s range of experience and perspective will add both confidence and value to the selection process. Each Senior Panel is listed below:

Senior Men’s Panel
Chair: Dr. Victoria Roberts
Ian Wright (Head Men’s Coach)
Mark Prater (Senior Men’s Coach)
Andrew Randell (Senior Men’s Coach)

Senior Women’s Panel
Chair: Dr. Victoria Roberts
John Keogh (Head Women’s Coach)
Ellen Randell (Senior Women’s Coach)
Tom Westgarth (Senior Women’s Coach)

Underage and Para Selection Panels

The Chair of Selectors for the Para and Underage Selection Panels will be Robyn Selby-Smith. She will join Simon Burgess as the second Non-Executive member and the respective Head Coach.

Robyn was part of the Australian Women’s Eight at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Prior to that, Robyn won gold medals at both the 2005 and 2006 World Championships in the Women’s Coxless Four, along with a second gold medal in the Women’s Eight in 2005. She has also proudly rowed 11 times for Victoria in the Queen’s Cup. During her time in rowing she successfully completed a BSc/LLB(Hons) – law science degree. Robyn currently works for VicForests as Corporate Counsel. During the recent Rio cycle Robyn was a Selector for the Australian Underage Teams.

Simon, who hails from Tasmania, is a dual Olympic Silver medallist in the Lightweight Men’s Coxless Four – from the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. He is a five-time World Championship medallist with highlights being gold in the Lightweight Men’s Quad Scull in 1991 and the Lightweight Men’s Eight in 1997. Since retirement from the sport, he has kept involved through coaching at school camps, coaching over winter at the local club (Huon Rowing Club) and assisting at the TIS when coaches have been on Australian Rowing Team duties. Outside of rowing, Simon has both farmed and worked in the cray-fishing industry. He also helped to establish the local Community Bank through Bendigo/Adelaide Bank, which won ‘Community Bank of the Year’ during his seven year term as Chairman. He had also been on their Board for 13 years.

We look forward to working with both Robyn and Simon during 2017 in the capacity as Underage and Para selectors for Rowing Australia.

Underage Selection Panel
Chair: Robyn Selby-Smith
Simon Burgess
Lyall McCarthy (Pathways Head Coach)

Para Selection Panel
Chair: Robyn Selby-Smith
Simon Burgess
Gordon Marcks (Para-Rowing Head Coach)