Nick Garratt (1947-2019)

It
is with the deepest sadness that Rowing Australia announces to the rowing
community the sudden passing of four-time Olympic rowing coach, and current ACT
Academy of Sport and U23 Australian Rowing Team coach, Nick Garratt AM.

Nick
was in Penrith with the U23 Australian Rowing Team, as part of his role
coaching the U23 Australian Lightweight Women’s Pair and U23 Lightweight Men’s
Double Scull, when he passed away suddenly on Monday 8 July.

Rowing
Australia is working closely to support our current U23 athletes at this
difficult time, with the team due to travel to the USA for the World Rowing U23
Championships in the coming week and also our current Senior Australian Rowing
Team, many of whom have been coached by Nick.

Details
of funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.

Rowing
Australia President, Rob Scott said, “We are all deeply shocked and saddened by
Nick’s sudden and untimely passing today.

“He
was a passionate rowing coach who worked tirelessly to develop and support
Australian rowers from grassroots to Olympic level. He was a greatly loved and
admired member of our rowing family and we are all feeling this profound loss.

“Our
thoughts are with Nick’s family, his athletes and colleagues, both current and
past, at this difficult time.”

Nick Garratt accepts the 2018 Pathway Coach of the Year Award which he won jointly with Don McLachlan (Copyright RA)

Chair of the Australian Olympic Committee,
John Coates added, “This is a shock and the saddest of
days for us all. Nick has given so much to rowing at every level and to the
Olympic movement in Australia over many decades.

“Here he was, at 71, preparing the
Australian Under 23 team for a world championship. That says so much about his
passion for the sport and his willingness to help young people.

Nick pictured with (left to right) Tom Schramko, Rob Black and Alex Purnell

“At Olympic level, at national
level and at club level, there are many hundreds of rowers, young and mature,
who are in his debt as a coach and mentor.”

One
of six children, born in Perth, the 71-year-old’s contribution to Australian
rowing has been vast and he will be deeply missed across the country.

The
2018 Pathway Coach of the Year and current Head Rowing Coach of the ACT Academy
of Sport, Nick coached male and female Olympic crews at the London 2012,
Beijing 2008, Athens 2004 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games as well as numerous
Senior and Underage Australian crews. 

In
addition to his coaching of national team crews, Nick was also responsible for
coaching Western Australia to a memorable King’s Cup victory in 1999 at West
Lakes in South Australia. He was the Head Coach of multiple New South Wales
King’s Cup crews, including overseeing New South Wales’ winning of seven
consecutive titles from 2008 to 2015.

He
was also the Head Coach of Mosman Rowing Club for over a decade, Men’s Head
Coach, Rowing, New South Wales Institute of Sport, 2001-2005, Senior Coach,
Rowing, Western Australian Institute of Sport, 1991-2001 and Head Coach,
Haberfield Rowing Club, 1985-1991.

Nick
coached his first Australian crew in 1995 at the World Rowing Junior
Championships in Poznan, Poland. The West Australian saw his crews win their
first medals though in 1996 at the World Rowing Junior Championships in
Scotland. His Junior Men’s Single Scull, Stuart Reside, claimed gold, while his
Junior Men’s Double Scull of Jonathan Fievez and Time Perkins also picked up
gold medals.

The
following year, success continued for Nick, when he coached Amber Bradley to a
gold medal in the Junior Women’s Single Scull at the 1997 World Rowing Junior
Championships. He worked across Junior, Under 21, Under 23 and Senior
Australian Rowing Teams during his entire career.

Nick’s
first Olympics as a coach was at the home Games of the Sydney 2000 Olympic
Games, where he coached the Men’s Quadruple Scull of Peter Hardcastle, Jason
Day, Stuart Reside and Duncan Free, with the crew finishing in fourth place.

At
the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, he coached Craig Jones to an 11th
place finish in the Men’s Single Scull, while Brendan Long and Peter Hardcastle
finished 12th in the Men’s Double Scull.

Garratt
coached five Mosman athletes onto the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games team – Peter
Hardcastle, Tom Laurich, Daniel Noonan, Zoe Uphill and Amy Clay, with the
latter two women combining with Kerry Hore and Amber Bradley in the Women’s
Quadruple Scull, coached by the West Australian, with crew placing sixth.

The
London 2012 Olympic Games was Nick’s fourth Olympic Games as a coach. He
qualified the Australian Women’s Eight through the final Olympic Qualification
Regatta in Europe, with the crew finishing sixth overall at the London Games.

In
2016, Nick was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of
Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours.

Winning another King’s Cup with New South Wales

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