NICE BOAT:Grafton Rowing Club president Greg Thompson, right, admires the handiwork of former Olympic rower Robert Walker.
NICE BOAT:Grafton Rowing Club president Greg Thompson, right, admires the handiwork of former Olympic rower Robert Walker.

Rowing with the flow

By JULIA ILES

julia.iles@dailyexaminer.com.au

FORMER Olympic rower Robert Walker was at the Grafton Rowing Club yesterday to promote high-tech rowing equipment.

The 31 year old competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics in the men's eight rowing team.

At world champion meets in 1994 and 1995, he won bronze and silver medals in a men's pair, while in 1997 won bronze in a men's eight team.

Sadly he was forced into retirement after rupturing two discs in his back.

"I've left my sport career now and am concentrating on my other career which includes boat building and coaching," Robert said, who holds a degree in physical education.

"But I still row with other guys and am a life member of my rowing club."

Now Robert works as the sales and marketing manager for WinTech, a USA based boat building company in Sydney.

"Recently at the World Championships, Dominic Moneypenny of Tasmania won a gold medal using one of our boats," he said.



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