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Athletes’ Commission

The purpose of the RA Athletes’ Commission is to represent the views of athletes to the RA board and relevant committees of RA. We report to the athlete body the outcomes of relevant decisions made by RA on issues identified by the athlete body through the Athletes’ Commission.

We will advise the board on all matters relating to athletes within the rowing community. We may offer or give advice; offer or give counsel; offer an opinion; make a recommendation; consult; or, give information or notice to the RA Board.

The Athletes’ Commission will endeavour to look after the athletes of RA in the following ways:

(a) be available to provide advice and support to athletes where appropriate;
(b) to communicate relevant material from RA to the athletes;
(c) keep the athlete body informed;
(d) provide the athlete body with a structure for having communications with
the RA board; and
(e) to provide guidance in the form of advice to athletes involved in an appeals process.

The members of the 2020/21 Rowing Australia Athletes’ Commission are:

Chair
David Crawshay OAM

Athlete Members

Georgia Nesbitt
Rosie Popa
Renae Domaschenz
Erik Horrie OAM
David Watts OLY
Cameron Girdlestone OLY
Jack Hargreaves

Appointed Members
Georgie Howe
Alice Arch
James Chapman OLY
Kim Brennan AM OLY (Ex Officio – Member of AOC Athletes’ Commission)

David Crawshay is the Chair of the RA Athletes’ Commission, a role he assumed in October 2020.

Mr Crawshay first competed for Australia at the Nations Cup in the U23 Men’s Quadruple Sculls at Copenhagen, Denmark in 2000, where he finished with a silver medal. The next year he competed in his first Senior team at the World Rowing Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland. He has represented Australia at 10 World Championships, finishing with three medals in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls. In 2008, he partnered with Scott Brennan to win gold at the Beijing Olympics Games in the Men’s Double Sculls. Mr Crawshay has also competed in another two Olympics – Athens in 2004 and London in 2012. He is McVilly-Pearce pin number 599.

Away from rowing, Mr Crawshay graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Charles Darwin University, having studied remotely during his last years of rowing, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law. He previously graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. He worked at Melbourne law firm JRT Partnership before being appointed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in 2019, where he currently hears appeals in the Migration Division.

Mr Crawshay lives in Melbourne with his wife Siobhan, a sports dietitian. They have a daughter and two sons.

RA Athletes’ Commission Charter

To contact the RA Athletes’ Commission Chair, David Crawshay, please email [email protected], using the subject line ‘Athletes’ Commission’.