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RA Awards

Life Members

The sport’s highest honour, Life Membership of Rowing Australia, is reserved for those who have demonstrated significant, sustained and high quality service that enhances the reputation and future of rowing by virtue of their considerable contribution to rowing nationally.

A list of Rowing Australia’s Life Members is available here.

McVilly-Pearce Pin Recipients

On Friday 23 October, Rowing Australia launched the McVilly-Pearce pin, named after Cecil McVilly, the first rower to represent Australia at an Olympic Games and Bobby Pearce, the first Australian rower to win an Olympic gold medal.

Every rower who has represented Australia at Senior level at either a World Rowing Championships, Olympic or Paralympic Games or a Commonwealth Games will now receive a specially numbered pin to commemorate the first time they were selected to be part of an elite group of men and women who have had the honour to represent Australia on a world stage.

More information can be found here.

Rower of the Year Awards

Rowing Australia values the significant contribution of its athletes, coaches and volunteers. In order to honour these vital contributions RA annually bestows its Rower of the Year awards to the:

  • Coles Volunteer of the Year
  • Aon Club of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Para-Coach of the Year
  • Pathway Coach of the Year
  • Boat Race Official of the Year
  • Pathway Rower/Crew of the Year
  • Gina Rinehart Leadership Award
  • Para Rower/Crew of the Year
  • Male Rower/Crew of the Year
  • Female Rower/Crew of the Year
  • 776BC Rowers’ Rower of the Year

More information about the Rower of the Year Awards is available here.

Olympic Gold Medallists

Australian rowing has a proud history of success at international level, headlined by the honour roll of elite Australian athletes that have achieved the ultimate success – an Olympic Gold Medal.

More information about Australia’s Olympic Gold Medallists is available here.