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Jack Hargreaves

Age

30

Place of Birth

WELLINGTON, NSW

Hometown

Nyngan, NSW

Junior Club

St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill

Senior Club

Sydney University Boat Club

Coach

Mark Prater

Olympic History

Tokyo 2020

Paris 2024

High School

St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill

Career Events

Rowing Men's Four (M4-)

 

Jack's Story

Jack Hargreaves' journey from the small town of Nyngan in New South Wales to Olympic gold medallist was one of dedication and resilience. After concluding his primary school education, Jack move 576km to Sydney to attend St Joseph's College.

Jack was a talented rugby player and originally only committed to rowing in summer to keep fit. Following high school, Jack elected to pursue rowing instead of rugby, joining Sydney University’s Boat Club.

The decision began to prove fruitful in 2013, when Jack was selected to represent New South Wales for the first time when he competed in the youth eight competition. Following this Jack became a mainstay in the New South Wales senior team, competing for the state between 2014 and 2023, winning the King’s Cup in six of those years.

Jack continued a breakout 2013, when he was picked to represent Australia in the men's eight at the World Rowing U23 Championship. The following year Jack was again selected for the championship, this time claiming a silver medal in the men's pair.

In 2016 Jack missed selection for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and bounced back later in the year after joining the men’s National Training Centre. 

Jack claimed gold at World Rowing Cups II and III and back-to-back gold at the World Championships in 2017 and 2018. He and his crews' performances saw them awarded as the 2018 FISA Male Crew of the year.

In 2019, Jack helped the men's four to qualification for the Tokyo Games, through strong performances at the World Rowing Championships.

Alongside rowers Alexander Purnell, Spencer Turrin and Alexander Hill, Jack won gold at the Tokyo Games which ended Great Britain's monopoly over the men's four which had seen them win five-straight gold medals.

The gold medal win came in the now famous ‘hour of power’ in which Australian rowing claimed two gold and two bronze medals, in addition to Arianne Titmus winning gold in the 200m freestyle.

Jack continued as part of Australia’s successful men's four in 2022 and 2023. In six events across the two-year period, Jack and the rest of the crew claimed one gold and four silver medals.

In 2024, Jack and his fellow Tokyo gold medallists Alexander Purnell and Spencer Turrin were added to the men's eight team to try and win an elusive first gold for Australia in the event.

At the World Rowing Cup II the new crew, including Jack, qualified for the men's eight final and ultimately finished in fourth place.

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