Michael Wiseman
Personal information
Born (1977-06-24) 24 June 1977 (age 45)
EducationShore School
Years active1993–2000

Michael Wiseman (born 24 June 1977) is an Australian former lightweight rower, a world champion and national champion. He won a gold medal at the 1997 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette in the lightweight men's eight.[1]

Club and state rowing

Wiseman attended Sydney Church of England Grammar School where he took up rowing. His senior club rowing was from the Sydney University Boat Club.

Wiseman rowed in five consecutive New South Wales representative men's lightweight fours contesting the Penrith Cup at the Interstate Regatta within the Australian Rowing Championships from 1996 to 2000. Those New South Wales crews of 1997 & 1998 were victorious.[2]

International representative rowing

Wiseman first represented Australia aged just eighteen in the lightweight coxless four at the 1995 World Rowing U23 Championships at Groningen in The Netherlands where the Australian four won the silver medal.[3] That same year he also rowed at the Junior World Rowing Championships in a coxed four. The Australian junior squad was decimated by food poisoning at those championships in Poznan, Poland but the coxed four was the only sweep crew unaffected and able to race as selected. They won the gold.[3] Then at the 1996 World Rowing U23 Championships in Hazewinkel Wiseman stroked an Australian lightweight coxless four to a gold medal victory.[3]

In 1997 he made his debut in an Australian senior crew – the Lyall McCarthy coached men's lightweight eight. At the 1997 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, Wiseman stroked the Australians to a thrilling final victory by 0.03 seconds with only 1.5 lengths separating the field. Wiseman won his first and only World Championship title.[3]

At the 1999 World Championships in St Catharines Canada, Wiseman rowed a lightweight coxless pair with Robert Mitchell to a seventh place finish. In 2000 Wiseman made his last Australian representative appearance at the lightweight-only 2000 World Rowing Championships in Zagreb in the men's eight. They won the bronze medal.[3]

Post competition

Wiseman led the consultation in the rebuilding of the Sydney University boatshed at Linley Point on Burns Bay. The shed was burnt down in 2006 and rebuilding was not complete until 2017.[4]


  1. ^ "Michael Wiseman". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  2. ^ "1997 Austn C'ships". Archived from the original on 5 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e Wiseman at World Rowing
  4. ^ SU Boatshed re-opens