Rhys Grant

Rhys Grant

Rowing Schedule & Results

(Local) / 10:10 AM 13 Aug (Rio)
Men's Single Sculls Final B

6:51.90 (3rd)


(Local) / 10:00 AM 12 Aug (Rio)
Men's Single Sculls Semifinal A/B 2

7:14.68 (5th)


(Local) / 08:30 AM 9 Aug (Rio)
Men's Single Sculls Quarterfinal 1

6:55.14 (2nd)


(Local) / 09:10 AM 6 Aug (Rio)
Men's Single Sculls Heat 5

7:28.83 (2nd)


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Athlete Biography

Western Australian Rhys Grant will be making his Olympic debut in the Men’s Single Sculls. Grant qualified the boat for the Australian Olympic Team by finishing second at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta held in Lucerne, Switzerland in May 2016.

The Western Australian Rowing Club member, is a qualified civil engineer and works part-time for a design firm while also pursuing his rowing career.

Grant began rowing at school in 2000, and first represent Australia at junior level in 2004 in the Junior Men’s Four at the Junior World Championships in Spain. Grant made his senior World Championships debut competing in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls in 2014

Grant’s nickname is Mr President, after he won the Interstate Men’s Single Sculls Trophy, The President’s Cup, in 2013, (first West Australian in 30 years to do so), an achievement he backed up in 2016 ahead of the qualification regatta.

Grant’s father, Guy, was a member of Australia’s Ice Hockey team in the late 1970s and 1980s.

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Olympic Information

  • Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut

Recent Performances

  • 2nd – (M1x) 2016 Final Olympic Qualification Regatta (Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • 1st – (M1x) 2016 Australian Interstate Regatta (Sydney, Australia)
  • 15th – (M4x) 2014 World Rowing Championships (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • 4th – (M1x) 2014 World Rowing Cup 1 (Sydney, Australia)
  • 4th – (M8+) 2009 U23 World Rowing Championships (Racice, Czech Republic)

Career Highlights

  • 2013 Interstate Men's Single Scull win. (Known as the Presidents Scull). First person from WA to win in 30 years.
  • 2016 Interstate Men's Single Scull win. (Known as the Presidents Scull). First person from WA to ever win it twice, and recorded fastest time for a single sculler from WA.
  • Winning my school boys Head of the River in 2004 at Trinity College Perth

Education

  • Primary
    Trinity College, Perth, WA, Australia
  • Secondary
    Trinity College, Perth, WA, Australia
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Civil and Construction Engineering, Curtin University, 2007-2011

Training

  • Coach
    Rhett Ayliffe (2004-current (on and off))
  • Club
    Western Australia Rowing Club
  • Institute/Academy
    WAIS
  • Primary Training Base
    Canning Bridge
  • Secondary Training Base
    Western Australia Rowing Club

Q&A

Favourite food
All of it
Favourite holiday destination
Rottnest Island
Favourite music
BLoc Party, Blink 182, The Storkes
Dream car
Mercedes Maybach
Star Sign
Aquarius
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Definitely not a ball sport, my hand eye co-ordination is lacking to say the least... so.. not sure
First Olympic Memory?
Doing a junior school project on the winter Olympics in 1998
Most Influential person in your career/life
Mum and Dad.
Why this sport?
I was not great at much else, and all of my friends did it at the start of high school so i gave it a go and loved it.