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Total investment 2015-16: $8,234,400 (high performance: $7,400,000; high performance – para $480,000; participation $239,400; other $115,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 61% 

Rowing Australia is rated as progressing in Olympic programs and performing for Paralympic programs. In Olympic-class boats Rowing Australia achieved its 2015 world championships gold medal target, but the total of three medals was short of its overall medal goal.

Despite missing the overall target in Olympic boats there is evidence that, with five boats claiming top-five places, rowing is positioned to be able to achieve its Rio 2016 Olympic medal targets.

The challenge for 2016 is to convert existing medals to gold and the fifth placings to medals. Rowing Australia is taking steps to improve the benchmark event performances of its Olympic-qualified boats through greater centralisation of the athletes’ domestic preparation.

In para-rowing events Australia finished at the top of the world championships medal table for a third successive year, with gold medals in the men’s single sculls and mixed double sculls Paralympic-class boats. The continued good results highlight the success of Rowing Australia’s post-London restructure of its para program.


Rowing Australia is progressing with its governance reform and has been working to make the necessary changes to meet the MSGP, including an independent board evaluation, the establishment of two key committees to advise the board on high performance and participation, and the continued development of a whole-of-sport strategic plan. The sport is educating staff and officials on integrity matters as well as strengthening the nominations and audit and risk committee’s members and processes.

2015 benchmark event // world championships

Medal target:4-6

Actual: gold1 silver 2 bronze 0 total 3

2015 Paralympic benchmark event // world championships

Medal target: 1-2

Actual: gold2 silver 0 bronze 0 total 2

Performance target

2016 benchmark event // Olympic Games

Medal target:3-6

2016 Paralympic benchmark event // Paralympic Games

Medal target:1-2

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