Drew Ginn drops oars for head role
6 December 2012
ROWING: Four time Olympian and three time Olympic Gold medalist Drew Ginn, OAM, has today been confirmed as the new National Head Coach – Integration of Rowing Australia.
Ginn, who is one of Australia’s most successful Olympic rowers, will start his newly established role immediately. The role of National Head Coach – Integration was set-up in a general restructuring of Rowing Australia’s High Performance Program following the London 2012 Games and the announcement of Chris O’Brien’s appointment as National High Performance Director in August. It is one of two new National Head Coach Positions, with the appointment of a National Head Coach – Performance still to follow.
In his role of National Head Coach – Integration, Drew Ginn will be responsible for the consistent delivery of the national training and technical model across all Australian performance rowing programs. As part of this, he will work closely with domestic program partners and provide national technical leadership to the lead category coaches across the country. He will be part of the wider high performance management team of the National Rowing Centre of Excellence and work under the leadership of National High Performance Director Chris O’Brien, who also was Ginn’s coach over the last three Olympic campaigns.
Ginn, who most recently won the silver medal in the Men’s Four at the London 2012 Games, has been a member of Rowing Australia’s national rowing teams since 1994 and will bring extensive experience as one of Australia’s most successful elite rowers to his new role. He won his first Olympic Games in 1996 as part of the “Oarsome Foursome” and consequently won five World Championships in addition to his three Olympic gold and one Olympic silver medal.
On top of his successful athlete career, Ginn has extensive coaching experience on all levels, including coaching at Scotch College in Melbourne. In his business career, Drew has successfully worked as presenter, mentor and facilitator. As an Associate with Melbourne Business School and Mt Eliza Executive Education Associate, he has been involved with a range of groups, from corporate Australia to local communities and schools, all with diverse needs, expectations and experiences, which will be valuable for his new integrative role.
Ginn said he was excited about the new role and the tasks ahead:
“I am lucky to have been part of one the world’s most successful rowing teams over the last two decades as an athlete and I am very excited to continue my involvement - this time from the head coach position. We were very successful in London with five medals, but we have bigger goals and I am passionate about our sport and its ongoing success. It is a great honour to be offered this role and a fantastic opportunity to have an impact and be part of implementing a program that will consistently produce gold medals.”
National High Performance Director Chris O’Brien said about the new appointment: “I am very pleased that Drew will be part of our team in the lead up to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. Drew and I have worked together for several years and he is the ideal person for this role and our tasks ahead. He has all the experience of a world class athlete, all the technical and sport science know-how of elite sports both from his rowing and cycling experiences, plus he is very well respected around the country and the rowing world. His personality and standing in the team make him a perfect fit for this role.”
CEO of Rowing Australia Andrew Dee said Ginn’s appointment was another important step forward for the success of the program: “We are delighted that Drew has accepted this role. His character, knowledge and experience is sure to enhance our ability to achieve further success and meet the expectations of ‘Australia’s Winning Edge 2012-2022’ policy.”
AIS Deputy Director Phil Borgeaud said Ginn’s appointment will continue the National Rowing Centre of Excellence’s tradition of pursuing excellence.
“Drew is an absolute superstar in international rowing who has had an amazing career so far. He has an exceptional knowledge of the sport both from an athlete and coaching point of view and will be a huge asset to High Performance Rowing moving forward.” Borgeaud said.
The National Rowing Centre of Excellence is a partnership program between the Australian Institute of Sport and Rowing Australia.