The young coxswain, James Rook, raced in the Men’s Eight and Men’s Coxed Pair in the 2017 season. At the World Rowing Championships in 2017, Rook won a silver medal alongside Angus Widdicombe and Darcy Wruck in the Men’s Coxed Pair. The Melbourne local is currently studying teaching and won a silver medal at the 2017 Interstate Regatta, when coxing Victoria in the King’s Cup final. In 2018, Rook was selected as the coxswain of the Women’s Eight for the World Rowing Cups and the World Rowing Championships and in doing so became the first man to be selected to cox an Australian Women’s Eight at a World Rowing Cup and World Rowing Championships. He also coxed the Georgina Hope Reinhart NTC Women’s Eight to victory in the Remenham Challenge Cup at the 2018 Henley Royal Regatta.
His favourite song to listen to before a race is Dire Straits’ ‘Money for Nothing’.
For the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Rook retained his seat as the Coxswain of the Women’s Eight and steered the crew to a 5th Place finish in the A-Final. In Tokyo, Rook made history as the first male coxswain to cox an Australian Women’s Eight at an Olympic Games.