Rowing Australia is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of West Australian Rowing Club (WARC) member James Rao on Sunday 8 November.
We join with all the rowing community in sharing our deepest sympathies with James’ family and offer our heartfelt condolences to them, along with his friends, crew mates and loved ones.
The 21-year-old was a much-loved and talented oarsman at WARC and will be remembered for his intellect and friendship.
Rowing Australia is liaising with Rowing WA, WARC and the West Australian Institute of Sport to provide professional support to its coaches and members, and we will continue to provide assistance to the WA rowing community at this difficult time.
RA CEO, Ian Robson echoed the sentiments expressed by others, in saying: “We join with the entire rowing community, across Australia, in expressing our sorrow at the sudden passing of James Rao. We know that many in our rowing community will be deeply affected by this tragedy and we know our rowing family, along with the wider sporting community, will rally to support each other through this difficult time. On behalf on the RA Board, staff and broader rowing community, I extend our deepest condolences to James’ family, friends and fellow club members. We will continue to offer our support to RWA and WARC as it is needed.”