Chris Morgan
Chris Morgan.jpg
Morgan in 2008
Personal information
Born15 December 1982 (1982-12-15) (age 39)
Adelaide, South Australia
EducationNorwood Morialta High School
ClubAdelaide University Boat Club
Sydney Rowing Club
Medal record
Morgan, in yellow, bow seat. Men's quad final at London 2012.
Morgan, in yellow, bow seat. Men's quad final at London 2012.

Chris Morgan (born 15 December 1982[1]) is an Australian former representative rower. He was a national champion, two-time world champion,[2] three time Olympian and Olympic medal winner from Adelaide, South Australia. He won world championships in both sculls and in sweep-oared boat classes.


Raised in Adelaide, Morgan attended Burnside Primary and Norwood Morialta High School. He had no exposure to rowing before university. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Adelaide and works as a software engineer.

Morgan began his athletic career as a competitive walker. He took up rowing in 2003 after participating in an ergometer competition held by the Adelaide University Boat Club during the University's Orientation Week. He held the fastest time on the competition until a rower from the Boat Club competed at the last moment in order to claim the case of beer that was offered as a prize. As a result of entering the competition, Chris was invited to join the Boat Club. He undertook a "Learn to Row" program and that same season was competing for Adelaide University in senior boats.[3][4]

Morgan was diagnosed with high functioning autism at age 28. He has reported that his communication style and obsession with performance improvement made it hard for him to be understood and accepted in the team environment of a rowing squad.[5]

Club and state rowing

At the end of Morgan's first season of rowing in 2003–04, he won a gold medal in a double scull at the World University Games in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France. He was selected for the Australian rowing squad in 2005 and invited to train with the Australian Institute of Sport.

In 2010, Morgan won the Australian national single scull championship,[6] becoming the first South Australian to do so in 40 years.[7]

Morgan has consistently represented for his state at the Interstate Regatta within the Australian Rowing Championships. In the twelve-year period 2005 to 2016 he raced for South Australia on nine occasions in King's Cup eights and on eight occasions he sculled in the President's Cup. He rowed in both boats at five championships.

After London Olympics[8] Morgan relocated to Sydney and continued his club rowing from the Sydney Rowing Club.

International rowing career

Morgan represented Australia in the men's quad scull at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. His crew won their heat in a world's best time of 5:36.20,[4][9][10][11] beating the previous fastest time, set by Poland, by a second. The Australians finished fourth in the final.[12] That time of 5:36.20 stood as the Olympic best time until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.[13]

At the 2010 World Rowing Championships Morgan won the coxed pair world championship title with partner Dominic Grimm and coxswain David Webster at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand.[2]

At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in an upset, Morgan rowing in the Australian men's quad defeated the German crew to take gold. Following a costly mistake in the German boat, the Australian crew took the lead in the final metres and won the race by 0.25secs.[14]

At the 2012 London Olympics, Morgan won bronze in the men's quad scull in a time of 5:45.22.[15]

In 2016 Morgan qualified with West Australian David Watts to contest the men's double scull at the 2016 Rio Olympics. They were out-raced in the semi finals and won the B final for an overall seventh placing. [16]


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  2. ^ a b "Gold medal row for Australian coxed pair at world championships". The Courier-Mail. 6 November 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Adelaidean – Rowers rapid rise more than a stroke of luck". Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Rowing – Sports – Olympics". The Sydney Morning Herald. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  5. ^ Autism made me successful
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 April 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "1970 National Championships – Australian Rowing History". Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Chris Morgan".
  9. ^ [1] Archived 24 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Rowing – Sports – Olympics". 10 August 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  11. ^ Michael, By (10 August 2008). "Quads catapulted into medal contention". The Daily Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Rowing results". BBC News. 31 July 2008.
  13. ^ Best Times at World Rowing
  14. ^ Morton, Jim (3 September 2011). "Aussies claim second rowing gold | Other Sports". Fox Sports. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  15. ^ "Australian rowers in the medals". ABC Radio Australia. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  16. ^ "Australian Olympic profile 2016". Archived from the original on 29 July 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.