Drew Ginn is a four-time Olympian who has won three Olympic Gold, five World Championships and one Olympic Silver medal as a part of Australia’s rowing team.
Having an International sporting career spanning 18 years was a remarkable feat but even more impressive are the achievements combined with significant setbacks. This longevity includes many highs and lows, major setbacks in terms back injuries, and the experience which comes from being part of numerous different teams.
Drew’s first Olympics were the 1996 Atlanta Olympics where Drew won his first gold. He was part of Australia’s men’s coxless fours – a team known as the ‘Oarsome Foursome’.
A back injury stopped Drew from competing at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, but he returned for his second Olympics in 2004. The motivation to return to rowing and the gruelling training, selection and competition process with James Tomkins was significant. At the 2004 Athens Olympics Drew, along with his ‘Oarsome Foursome’ teammate and formed school coach, won gold in the coxless pairs. This marked an unbelievable comeback which highlighted the great relationship these two athletes had together and with their coach they took on the best in the World of Rowing again and succeeded.
At the Beijing Olympics Drew partnered with new teammate, Duncan Free to win the men’s coxless pairs again and, in the process, becoming one of a select group of Olympians to win gold in three consecutive Olympic Games. Beijing signalled to the International rowing community that their performance processes and strategies could withstand great competitive pressures and significant obstacles. A major setback was suffered during the games when Drew ruptured a disc in his back for the second time in his career.
After three Olympics and three gold medals, two back surgeries, the many hours of building back after these setbacks, Drew not only continued to row but was again selected to represent his country at his fourth Olympic Games in London. In London, Drew was part of the men’s coxless fours who won silver for Australia.
Since transitioning from being an athlete Drew has held positions with rowing Australia as Head Coach and Director of Rowing at Caulfield Grammar School in Melbourne. Now he’s moved into another sport as High Performance Manager at Cricket Tasmania, leading and managing the elite team including the State Female and Male Tasmanian Tigers Teams and Hurricane, Big Bash Teams.