Victorian Institute of Sport


The VIS rowing program operates in conjunction with the Rowing Australia national program to provide world class coaching opportunities, training and competition, facilities and support services to improve athlete development throughout the high performance pathway.

Historically the VIS rowing program has been a dominant force in the Australian rowing landscape, with sustained success in national and international competition and a large representation on the national squad at benchmark events.

The 2015/16 domestic and international campaigns saw continued success with our athletes performing well at FISA World Cup events, the 2015 World Championships and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Gadsden appointed Head Rowing Coach

Friday, 22 December 2017

We are pleased to announce that Simon Gadsden has been appointed the new Head Coach of the VIS/ Victorian Performance Pathway (VPP) Rowing program.

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Rowers find gold on Yarra

Monday, 27 November 2017

Five VIS rowers have taken out the Head of the Yarra Open Women’s Eight as part of the Mercantile Rowing Club.

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VIS/ Victorian Performance Pathway (VPP) Rowing Head Coach

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

The VIS is seeking an experienced, qualified and passionate high performance Rowing coach to lead and manage the VIS/ Victorian Performance Pathway Program (VPP).

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Women's Four crowned champions

Sunday, 01 October 2017

The Australian Women’s Four have claimed their World Championship crown, after taking the win in Sarasota, Florida over the weekend.

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Hamilton races to first World title

Monday, 07 August 2017

VIS scholarship holder, Fergus Hamilton, has won his first Junior World Championship title with crew partner Cormac Kennedy-Leverett winning the Junior Men’s Double Sculls event in Trakai, Lithuania over the weekend.

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U23 team row to gold

Monday, 24 July 2017

The Australian U23 Men’s Four team has taken home gold at the World Championships in Bulgaria over the weekend, setting a new World Championship best time in the process.

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Women’s four claim gold

Monday, 10 July 2017

The Australian women’s four claimed victory at World Cup Rowing III in Lucerne.

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Boys score silver at Henley

Sunday, 02 July 2017

VIS rowers Josh Booth and Josh Dunkley-Smith, finished 2nd in the Silver Goblets and Nickalls’ Challenge Cup at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta on Sunday.

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Double Trouble

Sunday, 25 June 2017

VIS rowers, Josh Booth and Josh Dunkley-Smith, won the M2- race at the HollandBeker International Regatta over the weekend.

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Women's Four hit Gold

Sunday, 18 June 2017

VIS rowers, Kat Werry and Lucy Stephan, have claimed gold in the Australian Women’s Four at World Cup 2 in Poland over the weekend.

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2015 FISA World Championships - Lake Aiguebelette, France

Josh Dunkley-Smith & Will Lockwood – 2nd Men’s Coxless Four

David Crawshay & Karsten Forsterling – 2nd Men’s Quad Scull

Jennifer Cleary  – 5th Women’s Quad Scull


2016 FISA World Cup II - Lucerne, Switzlerland

Karsten Forsterling – 1st Men’s Quad Scull

Joshua Booth, Joshua Dunkley-Smith & Will Lockwood – 2nd Men’s Coxless Four

Jennifer Cleary – 5th Women’s Quad Scull


2016 Rio Olympic Games

       Joshua Booth, Joshua Dunkley-Smith & Will Lockwood – Men’s Coxless Four - Silver

       Karsten Forsterling – Men’s Quad Scull - Silver

       Jennifer Cleary – Women’s Quad Scull

Bill Tait

Head Coach

Christian Ryan

Senior Rowing Coach

Other Rowing athletes