Cameron Girdlestone
Personal information
Born29 April 1988 (1988-04-29) (age 33)
Sydney
EducationThe King's School
Sport
CountryAustralia
SportRowing
ClubSydney University Boat Club

Cameron Girdlestone (born 29 April 1988) is an Australian representative rower. He is a five-time Australian national champion, a medallist at World Championships, a dual Olympian and a 2016 Olympic silver medallist. He is racing in the Australian men's quad scull at Tokyo 2021.[1] [2]

Personal

Girdlestone was born in Sydney and attended Samuel Gilbert Primary school. He took up rowing at high school at The King's School, Parramatta. He is a PDHPE teacher at Sydney Church of England Grammar School.

Club and national career

Girdlestone rows from the Sydney University Boat Club. He first rowed in the Interstate Regatta at the Australian Rowing Championships in 2010 representing New South Wales in the men's single scull in the President's Cup event. In 2016 he was seated in the New South Wales state eight which placed second in the King's Cup that year. [3]

At the 2019 Australian Championships he won the open men's double scull national title with his SUBC clubmate Campbell Watts and he stroked a composite quad scull to win the open men's quad title. In 2021 he won an Australian Championship title in the open men's single scull [4] and also won a national title in the open men's quad scull. [5] In 2019 and 2021 he was the New South Wales representative sculler to contest the President's Cup at the Interstate Regatta. [6]

International rowing career

At the 2015 World Rowing Championships on Lac d'Aiguebelette in Aiguebelette France he finished 2nd in the men's quadruple sculls (M4x) event, rowing with David Crawshay, Karsten Forsterling and David Watts.[7]

In the quadruple scull at the 2016 Rio Olympics in a crew with James McRae, Karsten Forsterling and Alexander Belonogoff he won the silver medal.[7] In 2019 he was selected with Alex Purnell, David Watts and Caleb Antill to row Australia's quad scull for the 2019 international season. They placed 2nd at the World Rowing Cup II in Poznan and 4th at WRC III in Rotterdam.[7] With Hamish Playfair and Campbell and David Watts, Girdlestone was selected to race Australia's quad scull at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria.[8] The quad were looking for a top eight finish at the 2019 World Championships to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.[9] They won their heat and placed third in semi-final, thereby qualifying the boat for the A-final and the Tokyo 2020. [7] They finished in overall world fourth place.[7]

By the time of national team selections in 2021 for the delayed Tokyo Olympics, Girdlestone was the sole crew member who'd qualified the boat for Tokyo to be picked to race it. Girdlestone was selected at stroke with Caleb Antill, Luke Letcher and Jack Cleary in the other seats. [10] This combination had won the Australian national title in the quad in 2021.

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