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Athlete Profiles / David Watts

David Watts
Date of Birth 05/02/1992
Nickname Wattsy
Height 192cms
Weight 96kgs
Hometown Perth, Australia
Hobbies Photography
Club RBNTC/Sydney RC
Previous Rowing Clubs/School Swan River Rowing Club
West Australian David Watts first represented Australia in 2008, when at the tender age of 16 he rowed in the Junior Australian Men's Four at the 2008 Junior World Rowing Championships, finishing fourth in the A-Final. He returned to the junior team in 2010 and the young West Australian walked away with two bronze medals, including one from the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (in the Junior Men's Pair with Matthew Cochran). Watts represented Australia at a Senior level for the first time in 2013 at World Rowing Cup 1 in Sydney, however his first senior medal came in 2015 when he was selected to join Cameron Girdlestone, Karsten Forsterling and Olympic gold medallist David Crawshay in the Men's Quadruple Scull  coached by Tasmanian John Driessen. The crew won a silver medal at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France and also qualified the boat class for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In 2016, Watts was named in the Men's Double Scull alongside Chris Morgan. The duo competed at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, finishing seventh overall at the Olympic regatta. In 2017, Watts joined the Reinhold Batschi Men's National Training Centre. Outside of rowing, Watts is an established photographer and his work can be seen in a number of up and coming fashion and rowing magazines as well as on his own photography page. He is also a keen guitar player.
In 2017, Watts has been named in the Men's Double Scull alongside Luke Letcher, for World Rowing Cups 2 and 3 and the World Rowing Championships. In 2018, Watts was named in the Men's Quadruple Scull for World Cups 2 and 3 and the World Rowing Championships, winning a silver medal at the World Championships in Bulgaria.
In 2019, Watts combined with Cameron Girdlestone, Hamish Playfair and Campbell Watts to race the Men's Quadruple Scull - the crew finished fourth in the A-Final, securing Australia a berth for Tokyo. in 2021, Watts was selected alongside Campbell Watts to attempt to qualify the Men's Double Scull for Australia at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne. It is worth noting, David and Campbell are not related, despite many believing they are!
Career Achievements
Class Year Race Position
M4x 2019 World Rowing Cup 2 Second Place
M4x 2018 World Rowing Championships Second Place
M4x 2015 World Rowing Championships Second Place
M4x 2014 World Rowing Cup 1 Third Place
BM8+ 2012 World Rowing U23 Championships Third Place
JM2- 2010 Youth Olympic Games Third Place
JM4+ 2010 World Rowing Junior Championships Third Place