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. 

World Class Olympic Winter Training Centre Sees Athletes Take Flight in Brisbane

October 1st, 2020

​Australia’s best aerials and moguls skiers are set to soar through the Brisbane sky as they begin testing the new Olympic Winter Training Centre at the Sleeman Centre.

Our Golden Role

September 14th, 2020

Victorian Institute of Sport staff members and coaches weren’t as surprised as the rest of the nation when Mack Horton won the 400m freestyle gold medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016, as they knew it had been many years in the making.

Tripps long journey

September 14th, 2020

One of the most poignant photos to emerge from the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics featured hand cyclist Stuart Tripp with his face crumpled into tears when he phoned his biggest supporter, his wife Gillean, after winning the silver medal in the H5 time trial.

'So, I may have broken my Olympic bronze medal!'

September 4th, 2020

Many will remember the moment Kim Brennan (nee Crow) won Australia's first ever women's single scull medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games. But, what you don't know is that she actually managed to break it!

Rowing’s Hour of Power

September 3rd, 2020

Saturday, 16 August 2008 will be remembered by the VIS and rowers nationwide as one of the most successful days in Australian Olympic history.

VIS in Beijing

September 2nd, 2020

The Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games was one for the ages, Victorian Institute of Sport athletes provided some spine tingling and wonderful moments.

Cath Arlove: Lessons in sport, life and the Olympic journey.

September 1st, 2020

Triple Olympian Catherine Arlove was able to successfully juggle her work, study and sport commitments throughout her journey. After the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, the VIS Marketing Team caught up with her to see how she was able to do so.

VIS athletes triumph at Athens

August 26th, 2020

The performance of our Olympic and Paralympic teams in Athens was exceptional.

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.

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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