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Patrick Holt

Age

25

Place of Birth

Sunnybank, QLD

Hometown

Brisbane, QLD

Senior Club

UTS Haberfield Rowing Club

Coach

Rhett Ayliffe

Olympic History

Paris 2024

High School

Brisbane Grammar School

 

Patrick's Story

Patrick Holt is a prominent Australian rower from Brisbane but originally wanted to be a professional cricketer. His journey into rowing began after a significant injury derailed his promising cricket career during his teenage years. This pivotal moment led him to discover rowing, a sport he subsequently fell in love with.

His rowing career took off while he was a student at Brisbane Grammar School, where he first demonstrated his potential in the sport. His talent was quickly recognised and led to his selection into Queensland’s state rowing squad in 2018.

That year, he competed in the youth eight category, contesting for the Noel Wilkinson Trophy at the Interstate Regatta within the Australian Rowing Championships.

Patrick received a call-up to the Queensland men's senior eight in the 2021 edition of the prestigious King's Cup, an event the Queensland team finished third in. He would also join the UTS Haberfield Rowing Club that year and win a silver medal in the open men's double-scull and a bronze in the U23 double-scull in the club's colours during the Australian Rowing Championships.

In the 2021 international season, Patrick Holt was part of the Australian Rowing's men’s sweep squad. He competed in the men’s eight at the World Rowing Cups in Poznan and Lucerne, where his crew won silver medals. Patrick also served as a reserve for the sweep team at the 2022 World Rowing Championships in Račice and earned a second King's Cup call-up for his state of Queensland. 

Patrick was once again selected to represent Australia in 2023 on the international stage in the men's eight division taking his mantle in the bow seat. This included starts in the World Rowing Championships in Serbia and the World Cup rounds in Italy and Switzerland.

He would go on to earn medals in all three international regattas, with a bronze in the World Rowing Championship. He also scored a silver and gold in the Italian and Swiss World Cup rounds respectively. For a third year in succession, Patrick was called up to represent his home state of Queensland in the King's Cup, assisting his state to third place for the second time in his rowing career. 

In the lead-up to the 2024 Olympic Games, Patrick shifted away from the men's eight and moved his focus back towards the men's pair like in his early days. In the second round of the 2024 World Rowing Cup in Switzerland, Patrick teamed up with Tokyo rowing Olympian, Simon Keenan. The pair finished fourth in their heat and missed the start of their repechage round.

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