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Lyall McCarthy appointed Senior Coach

Rowing Australia (RA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lyall McCarthy OAM to the role of Senior Coach at the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre (NTC).

McCarthy has been the Pathways Head Coach at RA since 2017. A Coach of Olympic and World Champions, McCarthy has also contributed to the sport of rowing as an athlete. He is McVilly-Pearce Pin Rower Number 295 and won a Bronze Medal as part of the Lightweight Men’s Eight at the 1978 World Rowing Championships.

However, it is in coaching that McCarthy has made his mark on the sport. His significant contribution has resulted in 18 World Rowing Championship and/or Olympic medal crews. Eight of these crews won gold medals, of which one was Kim Brennan who McCarthy coached to an Olympic Gold Medal in the Women’s Single Sculls at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The award-winning coach was named AIS Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2005, Rowing Australia Coach of the Year in 2003, 2005, 2015 and 2016 and is a member of the Rowing Victoria Hall of Fame. He received a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2018 for services to rowing.

Rowing Australia Performance Director Paul Thompson welcomed McCarthy to the role.

“We ran a thorough international recruitment process and Lyall’s record, experience, passion and commitment impressed the selection panel. We are incredibly fortunate that a coach of Lyall’s calibre is able to step into the role of Senior Coach at the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre,” Thompson said.

“Lyall brings a lifetime of coaching experience that has resulted in gold medal success at the Olympics and World Rowing Championships. His appointment to the role of Senior Coach joining Head Coach Rhett Ayliffe and Senior Coach Mark Prater will ensure the continued strength and success of our senior men’s program,” Thompson concluded.

Canberra based McCarthy is a familiar face amongst the athlete group having fostered the progression of a number of the senior athletes as they advanced through the RA Pathway Program that he has overseen since 2017.