Spencer Turrin teamed up with rowing training partner Alex Lloyd in Rio as the duo is made their Olympic debuts in the men’s pair.
After a strong start saw Lloyd and Turrin win their heat, the pair took to the waters in their semi-finals and powered out the start alongside the Italians and the French. All three crews sprinted for the line, with Italy taking the win and Australia finishing in second to qualify for the A-finals. The red hot New Zealand pair of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, who have not been beaten in seven years, continued their winning streak to take the gold medal with the Australia’s men’s pair finishing in sixth.
Turrin comes from Dungog, in the Hunter Region of NSW where his parents own an antique shop. He was a boarder at St Joseph’s College in Sydney, which sparked his rowing career. He joined the Sydney Rowing Club in 2006, and in 2010 competed in the Australian Youth Cup, winning silver in the eight and the coxless four and bronze in the coxless pair.
Born in Maitland, the rower teamed up with fellow SRC rower Alex Lloyd in a coxless pair in 2012. The pair won silver at the 2012 National Championships and were both offer scholarships to the Australian Institute of Sport in 2012.
Turrin was named in the men’s four in 2013 and has enjoyed considerable success in the four since then, claiming numerous World Cup medals as well as bronze at the 2014 and silver at the 2013 World Championships.
A strong 2015 season secured Turrin’s position on the Rio rowing team when he won gold at World Cup 3 in Switzerland, and won silver at the 2015 World Rowing Championships.