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:
- Be available to provide advice and support to athletes where appropriate;
- To communicate relevant material from RA to the athletes;
- Keep the athlete body informed;
- Provide the athlete body with a structure for having communications with
the RA board; and
- To provide guidance in the form of advice to athletes involved in an appeals process.
The current members of the Rowing Australia Athletes’ Commission are:
Luke Letcher OLY
Nikki Ayers PLY
Thomas Birtwhistle PLY
Lucy Stephan OAM
Sarah Hawe OLY
Alex Purnell OAM
Josh Hicks OLY
Tim Masters OLY
Cameron Girdlestone OLY (Ex Officio – Member of AOC Athletes’ Commission)
Josh Booth OLY (Ex Officio – Member of ASC Athlete Advisory Commission)
Luke Letcher is the Chair of the RA Athletes’ Commission, a role he assumed in October 2022.
Luke is a former Australian Rowing Team member, first representing Australia in the U19 and U21 teams. In 2016, he raced in the U23 Men’s Quad Sculls that won the Gold Medal at the World Championships. He was then selected for three-consecutive Australian World Championships teams from 2017 to 2019, leading to his selection into the Tokyo Olympic team. Luke was part of the Men’s Quad Sculls that would take him to a Bronze Medal.
Away from rowing, Luke graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Engineering, having studied throughout his time on the Australian Rowing Team. He currently works for Thales Australia as a systems engineer and resides in Sydney. From 2020 to 2022, Luke was an elected director on the board of Rowing ACT and in 2022 was also appointed to the World Rowing Athletes’ Commission.
To contact the RA Athletes’ Commission Chair, Luke Letcher, please email [email protected], using the subject line ‘Athletes’ Commission’.