James Rook

When the going gets tough the tough get rough

Personal Details



Home town:



Emu Plains, NSW


Going to the MCG

Occupation / Area of Study / Work:


Hero / Most Admired Athlete:


Date of birth:

18th November 1997



Sporting Details

Event(s) / Discipline:

Nepean RIver

Positions played:


Home Club:

Mercantile Rowing Club

Olympic / Paralympic History:

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'.

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