Jennifer Cleary

Jennifer Cleary

Rowing Schedule & Results

(Local) / 08:40 AM 8 Aug (Rio)
Women's Quadruple Sculls Repechage 1

6:28.60 (5th)


(Local) / 01:10 PM 6 Aug (Rio)
Women's Quadruple Sculls Heat 1

6:37.43 (2nd)


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Athlete Biography

Geelong-born Jennifer Cleary will be making her Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, competing in the Women’s Quadruple Sculls. Named alongside Kerry Hore, Madeleine Edmunds and Jessica Hall, the Victorian athlete has been part of this crew set up since 2013.

Having grown up around rowing, both her parents take a keen interest in the sport, Cleary first stepped in a boat in 2005 and make her international racing debut in 2013 at World Rowing Cup 1 in the Women’s Double Sculls.

Cleary’s breakout year came in 2014 when she competed in the Women’s Quadruple Sculls at World Rowing Cup 1 in Sydney and snapped up a gold medal alongside her crew mates.

Having completed a degree in Neuroscience at Melbourne University at the end of 2015, Cleary has recently sat the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test as she is hoping, in 2017, to begin a medical degree. The 23-year-old will find out just before the Games if she has been successful in her exams and progression to medical school.

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Olympic Information

  • Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut

Recent Performances

  • 5th – (W4x) 2016 World Rowing Cup 2 (Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • 5th – (W4x) 2015 World Rowing Championships (Aiguebelette, France)
  • 2nd – (W4x) 2015 World Rowing Cup 3 (Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • 5th – (W4x) 2015 World Rowing Cup 2 (Varese, Italy)
  • 4th – (W4x) 2014 World Rowing Championships (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Career Highlights

  • Gold at 2014 World Rowing Cup 1 In Penrith, Sydney in W4X
  • 4th at 2014 World Rowing Championship in Amsterdam, Netherlands in W4X
  • Silver ar 2015 World Rowing Cup 2 in Lucerne, Switzerland in W4X


  • Primary
    Manifold Heights Primary School (VIC, Australia)
  • Secondary
    The Geelong College (VIC, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Science - University of Melbourne (2012-2015)


  • Coach
    Toom Westgarth (2013-current), Bill Tail (2014- current), Mark Fangen-Hall and David Colvin (2012-2013)
  • Club
    Mercantile Rowing Club
  • Institute/Academy
    Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS)
  • Primary Training Base
    Australia (Melbourne)


Favourite food
Peanut Butter
Favourite holiday destination
Favourite music
What ever is on the radio in the car
Dream car
One that can fly :)
Personal Motto
When the going gets tough, the tough get going
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
3 coffees
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Bob Sledding
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Cathy Freeman's 400m at Sydney Olympics
Why this sport?
For the sheer physical challenge and the friends and the commraderie that develop and support you