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Para Rowing Head Coach moves on from Rowing Australia  

Rowing Australia wishes to advise that Gordon Marcks will be moving on after 13 years of dedication to Rowing Australia, the last 10 of which as Para Rowing head Coach.  

Rowing was included in the Paralympics for the first time at the Beijing 2008 Games. 

In that period, Marcks has been a fantastic advocate for Para Rowing from participation within Australia as well as supporting and nurturing world-class athletes.  

Marcks has helped grow the sport domestically by helping facilitate expanded competition at National Championships and providing regular opportunities for classification. He has also advocated for competitive opportunities for Para Rowing (including athletes with intellectual impairment) globally including indoor and coastal rowing, Global Games as well as an ongoing interest and connection with Invictus Games athletes.  

He has helped identify, recruit, and support new athletes, as well as coaches to support these athletes. A particular highlight was through some innovative development camps between Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 where a group of PR3 athletes were developed to create internationally competitive crews, as witnessed this weekend with two Silver Medals in the PR3 Men’s and Women’s Pairs and a fourth placed finish for the PR3 Mixed Four.  

Marcks has supported some extraordinary athletes, and their coaches, in delivering sustained international performances, particularly Erik Horrie OAM in the PR1 category, three-time Paralympic Silver Medallist and five-time world champion and Kathryn Ross, a Paralympic Silver Medallist and four-time World Champion in the PR2 category.   

Through his work as a World Rowing Para Commission Member, he has helped to advance the sport with regulatory changes and closer to home has worked with Paralympics Australia to increase support and funding to high performance athletes preparing for National Teams.  

Marcks spoke of his tenure: “It has been a rewarding and challenging few years, my main highlight has been the many athletes and colleagues that I have worked with domestically and abroad who have become good friends.   

Marcks continued: “This includes athletes, coaches, administrators and supporters with Rowing Australia, Paralympics Australia, clubs, schools, state associations around Australia and the National Institute network. Thank you for your support, I look forward to continuing these relationships.”    

Paul Thompson MBE, High Performance Director said: “Gordon’s 10 years leading the Para program and being an advocate of Para Rowing has seen growth and success for Australia at both the World Championships and Paralympics, he has plenty of achievements to be proud of.   

Thompson continued: “On behalf of Rowing Australia our coaches and athletes past and present, I would like to thank Gordon for his years of service. We wish him all the best for his new opportunity at Radford College and continuing to be an advocate for Para Rowing.”  

Marcks will be taking up the role as Rowing Director at Radford College, his last day with Rowing Australia will be 7 October.   

Rowing Australia is seeking expressions of interest/applications for the role of Para Rowing Head Coach.   

Please contact Paul Thompson for information via email on [email protected]. Instructions to apply will be available shortly on our Jobs page shortly.