Rowing

The VIS coordinates and manages the Victorian Pathway Program, operating collaboratively with the Rowing Australia (RA) national program to provide world class coaching opportunities, training and competition, facilities and support services to improve athlete development throughout the national high performance pathway.

The partnership approach involves collaboration between VIS, RA, RV and the two Melbourne based Performance Clubs, Mercantile Rowing Club and Melbourne University Boat Club, with the aim to develop categorised athletes within the national pathway and progress them towards the Rowing Australian National Training Centres. 

Victoria has been a dominant force in the Australian rowing landscape for many years now and the 2018/19 domestic and international campaigns saw continued success with our athletes performing well, contributing success at FISA World Cup and World Championships events. 

Never write off Champions: The Oarsome Foursome story

August 7th, 2020

The ‘Oarsome Foursome’ showed the world that you can never write off champions at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Through the highs and lows of Australian rowing, the ‘Oarsome Foursome’ proved that champions will always find a way to succeed.

Our Second Games

August 4th, 2020

The sporting focus of 1996 was clearly on the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Atlanta. Following the great achievements in Barcelona we were optimistic that our athletes could do even better this time.

The tale of two sisters who play hockey and study physiotherapy together

July 30th, 2020

Aisling and Ciara Utri share more similarities than your average pair of sisters – the two are pursuing their hockey career together whilst both attending La Trobe University with the help of the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program (LEAP). La Trobe Sport Media and Communications intern, Tricia-Marie Mifsud, chats to the duo about their sporting journey.

Our First Games

July 28th, 2020

1992 - This was the year of our first Olympic and Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.

Athletes committed to fight mental health issues in young people

July 26th, 2020

​Four VIS athletes are joining the fight to help reduce rates of mental health issues in young children as part of a new community partnership between the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Black Dog Institute.

Try out Aerial Skiing Online

July 24th, 2020

We are looking to recruit the next Olympic champion. Are you a self-motivated, resilient athlete who is passionate about the training process? Do you have big goals? Are you ready to tackle a new sport? Aerial skiers travel the world to train on the best snow and best facilities.

Rest In Peace Alex "Chumpy" Pullin

July 8th, 2020

All at the Victorian Institute of Sport are deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Alex “Chumpy” Pullin.

Vanessa Bof to lead VIS Track Endurance Team

July 6th, 2020

The Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) and Cycling Victoria (CV) are delighted to announce that Vanessa Bof will be moving onto a fulltime role as the Endurance Team Coach at the Victorian Institute of Sport.

Wellbeing Tip | Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected

May 6th, 2020

Victorian Institute of Sport athletes from eight different sports will help increase awareness around suicide prevention as part of the Australian Institute of Sport and Lifeline Australia’s impactful community engagement program, Lifeline Community Custodians. The athletes will encourage anyone who needs support to reach out and ask for help.

100 years of the AOC

April 29th, 2020

Originally formed as the Australian Olympic Council on April 29th, 1920, the anniversary marks the formal separation of Australia and New Zealand from the combined “Australasia” entity which had competed in the 1908 London and 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games.

2018 FISA World Cup III, Linz, Austria

Rosie Popa, Lucy Stephan - 1st Women’s Four

Addy Dunkley-Smith, James Rook (coxswain) - 3rd Women’s Eight

Joshua Booth, Liam Donald, Simon Keenan, Tim Masters, Angus Widdicombe - 5th Men’s Eight

2018 FISA World Championships, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Joshua Booth, Liam Donald, Simon Keenan, Tim Masters, Angus Widdicombe - 2nd Men’s Eight

Lucy Stephan, Katrina Werry - 2nd Women’s Four

Rosie Popa, James Rook (coxswain) - 3rd Women’s Eight

2018 FISA U23 World Championships, Poznan, Poland

Ria Thompson - 5th Women’s Double Scull

Elise Franetic - 6th Women’s Eight

2019 FISA International Para Rowing Regatta - Gavirate, Italy

Alex Vuillermin, Alex Viney - 2nd PR3 Mixed Coxed Four

2019 FISA World Cup II, Poznan, Poland

Joshua Booth - 1st Men’s Pair

Tim Masters - 1st Men’s Four

Liam Donald, Simon Keenan, Angus Widdicombe - 5th Men’s Eight

Jessica Morrison - 2nd Women’s Pair

Amanda Bateman - 3rd Women’s Double Scull

Katrina Werry, Lucy Stephan - 3rd Women’s Four

Katrina Bateman - 5th Women’s Quad Sculls

Jessica Morrison, Rosie Popa, James Rook (coxswain) - 1st Women’s Eight

Noel Donaldson VIS/VPP Head Rowing Coach (from May 2019) 

Elaine Bo Sports Dietitian

Andrea Farrow Performance Lifestyle Advisor

Andrew Fooks Sports Physiotherapist

Ana Holt Sport Scientist

Mark Spargo Sports Psychologist

John Tascone Physical Preparation Coach

VIS Gymnasium

Yarra River (Mercantile and Melbourne University Boat Clubs)

National Water Sports Centre, Carrum

Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre

Barwon River, Geelong

Tambo River, Johnsonville

Rowing Australia

Rowing Victoria

Mercantile Rowing Club

Melbourne University Rowing Club

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