Cameron Girdlestone will make his Olympic debut at Rio, rounding out an evenly balanced men’s Quadruple Scull that boasts experience and fresh talent.
The 28-year-old discovered the sport of rowing in 2003 when he made the switch from cricket and only two years later competed in the men’s four at the Junior World Championships in Germany.
The Sydney-sider contested the U23 World Championships in 2007 and then made his first senior team in 2014. At the first World Cup of that year in Sydney, Girdlestone took gold in the quad scull and silver in the pair and went on to compete in the quad scull at World Cup 3 and the 2014 World Championships.
Girdlestone secured a silver medal at the 2015 World Championships in France, continuing to demonstrate the strength of the Australian men’s quad scull crew. The PDHPE teacher kicked off the 2016 season with a bang as he was crowned Male Single Scull Champion of Australia at the Sydney International Rowing Regatta.
Out of the boat, Girdlestone teaches at the Shore School in Sydney and enjoys working with the students in their academic and sporting endeavours.
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Quadruple Scull Men
Sydney , NSW, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 1st – (M4x) 2016 World Rowing Cup II (Lucerne, Switzerland)
- 1st – (M1x) 2016 Australian Rowing Championships (Sydney, Australia)
- 2nd - (M4x) 2015 World Rowing Championships (Aiguebelette, France)
- 6th – (M4x) 2015 World Rowing Cup III (Lucerne, Switzerland)
- 5th – (M4x) 2015 World Rowing Cup II (Varese, Italy)
- 2015 World Rowing Championships, France - Mens quadruple scull SILVER medal
- 2014 Rowing World Cup 1 FIRST mens quad scull & SILVER mens double scull
- 2015 World Rowing Cups 2 and 3; WC2 5th place and WC3 6th place
- Samuel Gilbert Primary School NSW, Australia & The Kings School Parramatta, NSW, Australia
- The Kings School Parramatta, NSW, Australia
- Bachelor of Education: Human Movement Health Education; University of Sydney ( 2007-2011)
John Driessen ( 2007,2015-current)
Sydney University Boat Club SUBC, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Primary Training Base
Currently residing in Canberra, AIS
Secondary Training Base
ETC European Training Centre, Varese ITA
- Must have my rowing bag organised with everything in it the night before anything training or racing
- Favourite food
- Gelato Messina
- Favourite holiday destination
- NSW North coast; fishing, beach, surfing; anywhere near the water
- Favourite music
- Dream car
- Range Rover Sport
- Personal Motto
- I Leave no stones unturned and will always hold myself to higher standard
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Coffee and breakfast
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- 100m final Track
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Every Aussie's performance is inspiring
- First Olympic Memory?
- Watching Sydney 2000 games
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Everyone around me
- Why this sport?
- I love the challenge when placed in front of me and love pushing myself and finding my true capabilities