James Talbot is classified as a PR3 rower and joined the program in 2016.
He has been targeted as an athlete for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics having taken part in several Rowing Australia training camps and was selected for the Rowing Australia Head of the Yarra boat. We expect him to very soon be awarded a scholarship which will enable him to continue training at the elite level while being able to access the needed physiotherapy and additional supports elite rowers require to be able to deliver their best and at the highest standard. His latest honour has him in serious preparation for the Interstate races at the 2018 Rowing Australia National Championships.
“I first took up rowing when I was 13 after one of the school coaches came up to me and my friends in the playground and invited us to come try it out.
Looking back, I never could have imaged what a large impact the sport would have on my life.
I rowed through all my years of high school in addition to playing rugby and athletics and was elected School Rowing Captain in my final year. After spending a year working and travelling around Europe I came back to Sydney to start university and was offered a job as a rowing coach at my old school, SCECGS Redlands. After a season of coaching I got the itch to get back into the sport but before I got the chance I had a serious motorbike accident while I was travelling around Vietnam with some friends. It wasn’t until I flew home that I realised the full extent of my injury which included multiple fractures, dislocations, ligament damage and significant loss of cartilage in my hand.
After multiple surgeries I was left with permanent damage, losing a significant amount of strength and almost all movement in my wrist. I was forced to give up all contact sport after the accident which was devastating as I played American Football for Sydney University and club rugby at the time. I continued coaching rowing however and after a few years I managed to get a reasonable amount of function back in my hand/wrist. I had never contemplated doing para rowing until someone I coached with asked if I’d thought about it, so I started to ask around and was put in contact with Balmain Rowing Club. Since then I’ve jumped back in the boat and have been rowing competitively for about a year now. In that time I’ve had some great results, including winning the silver medal in the LTA single scull at the 2017 Australian Rowing Championships.
Outside of rowing I work in financial markets for ANZ and also tutor at university part time, so finding time for training can be a bit of a challenge but I’ve loved getting back into the sport and can’t wait to see what the future holds. Although it’s still a few years away, I’ve set my sights on qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic rowing team and would love the opportunity to represent my country.”
James is the 2km NSW State Champion PR 1x and NSW State Sprint Champion. James has been selected to represent New South Wales at the Australian National Rowing Championships beginning Monday 19 March. He’ll be rowing in the PR3 1x Interstate event on Sunday 24 March. .
The Interstate races are hotly contested, awesome events where the Blues seem to just know how to make it home first! James heads out on Sunday ready to roar down the course like the fierce Tiger he is, wearing Blue on top and black and gold underneath.
GO JAMES !!