Speakers Profile - Drew Ginn

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Drew Ginn made his international debut in 1995 at age 20, Drew was a member of the Eight that placed fourth at the European Championships and eleventh at the World Championships.

He quickly made the decision that if he was to realise his dream of being successful at the Olympics games he would need to be involved with the best team. With this in mind he set his sights on becoming the new member of the world famous Oarsome Foursome.

After the retirement of Andrew Cooper the crew was looking to find a suitable replacement. The process of selection was a huge physical and mental challenge that highlighted the new combinations ability to harmonise and perform.

In Atlanta at the 1996 Olympics games the Oarsome Foursome rowed its way into Australian sporting history and Drew realised his childhood dream of becoming an Olympian and Gold medallist.

The Oarsome Foursome returned to international competition at the 1998 World Championships rowing as a coxed four and won gold. At the same regatta Drew teamed up with Mike McKay and won silver in the coxless pairs.

The Sydney Olympics proved to be one of Drew's greatest challenges when he developed a back injury after his rowing partner, James Tomkins and he set the rowing world a light with their pair's performance at the 1999 world championships. As clear favourites for their home Olympics they were ready to take the final step toward their goal when during a training session Drew was struck by an intense pain in his lower back. This not only became a hurdle to overcome, but involved a long year of rehabilitation that final forced him out of Olympic selection.

Despite this setback Drew returned to rowing and again combined with Tomkins in 2002 to finish fourth at the World Championships in Seville. It was an impressive return to the international stage and the pair followed this result up with gold in the 2003 World Championships, sending a message to the rowing community that Drew was back to his best.

Heading to Athens keen to atone for his Sydney 2000 disappointment, Drew combined brilliantly with Tomkins in the pairs to win his second Olympic Gold in a race described by former Oarsome Foursome teammate Nick Green as 'perfect'.

Since the Athens Olympics Drew has been very clear about his plan to work towards Beijing and be the best he can be. Even in his year off he remained very active competing on the Forster Ironman triathlon and the Ocean Thunder surfboat series. He is continually looking for new ways of challenging himself to ensure his development as an athlete and person continues.

In 2006, Drew returned to international rowing with remarkable success winning gold at the World Cup regatta in Poland in the men's coxless pairs with new partner Duncan Free. This was his first competitive race since the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He continued his golden return when he won the 2006 World Championship title in the same event.

Following up this form at the 2007 Australian Championships, Drew won the men's pair, four and eight titles and just recently defended is World title in Germany.

Carrying the distinction of being a dual Olympic Gold medallist, Ginn has carved a place among Australia's great Olympians by winning his third Gold at the Beijing games.


2008 Beijing: Men's Coxless Pairs - Gold
2004 Athens: Men's Coxless Pairs - Gold
1996 Atlanta: Men's Coxless Fours -Gold