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James Tomkins

James Tomkins is the only rower in history to win world championship titles in every sweep oar event, and is now in high demand off the water as a corporate and motivational speaker. A sporting great, James draws from his sporting success entertaining and encouraging audiences all over Australia.

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Testimonials for James Tomkins

“Interesting insights into life as an elite athlete!”
Nursery and Garden Industry of Victoria

“Your presentations were truly inspirational and full of passion. Our clients and staff found them extremely motivating and they delighted in the way you were able to tell a story, often with great amusement. The feedback we've received following the events has been extremely positive and people managed to take a lot away from what you said, the discipline, the enjoyment in what you do and above all the fact that you can still have doubts at your level of competition before a race - well that makes us all feel a little more human. Once again, thank you for sharing your story with us, your dedication and love of the sport was obvious and your personality shone through.”
John Fitzgerald, MD, JLF Corporation Pty Ltd

“Very Good! James' presentation was very entertaining and relevant to our conference theme.”
Swann

“James was an inspiration and his story was so interesting. His passion and personality shone through and we've had very positive feedback from our clients following his presentation.”
JLF Corporation
James Tomkins Travels from VIC
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James Tomkins's Biography

James Tomkins is the only rower in history to win world championship titles in every sweep oar event, and is now in high demand off the water as a corporate and motivational speaker. A sporting great, James draws from his sporting success entertaining and encouraging audiences all over Australia.   

One of Australia's greatest rowers, James Tomkins has six Olympic Games under his belt; James Tomkins is truly an inspiration.  

With Mike McKay, Nick Green and Andrew Cooper, James took the rowing world by storm in the early 1990's earning the "Oarsome Foursome" name and reputation with convincing victories in the 1990 and 1991 World Championships, and the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.  

In 1998 the Oarsome Foursome returned to international competition and rowed as a coxed four, winning gold at the World Championships in Cologne, heralding the champion crew's return. At the same regatta, James teamed up with fellow crew member Nick Green to win gold in the coxed pairs.  

In 1999, James Tomkins and Drew Ginn travelled to Canada for the World Championships and won gold in the coxless pairs. Tragically the dynamic duo was split up when Ginn was forced to abandon his Olympic campaign after succumbing to a back injury. At Sydney 2000, James teamed up with fellow Victorian Matthew Long to row in the coxless pair and went on to win his third consecutive medal at an Olympic Games.  

James made his fifth Olympic Games in Athens a memorable one when he and Ginn rowed to victory in the coxless pairs winning Australia's sole Gold medal at the Athens regatta. In the process, James won his third Olympic Gold medal.    

Competing in at his sixth Olympics at Beijing, a legendary feat, James was awarded the honour of carrying the Australian Flag at the opening ceremony of the games. The dream did not go exactly to plan with the men's eight finishing in sixth position in the finals; but James Tomkins remains one of Australia's sporting greats.

Speaking Topics Include

  • An Olympic Story
  • Teamwork and Partnerships
  • Success