Event: Women's Quadruple Scull
Olympic History: Olympic Debutant
Coach: Andrew Randall and John Keogh (Head Coach)
Highlights: Winning gold in the 2019 U23 World Championships
Year Born: 1997
Born: Carlton, VIC
Junior Club: Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School (Essendon, VIC)
As a member of Rowing Australia's National Training Centre, Ria Thompson first entered international competition in 2018 when she was named to the U23 Women's Double Scull for the Junior World Championship, finishing fifth in the medal race.
The following year, Thompson was the 2019 World Rowing U23 Champion in the Women's Single Scull.
At the 2021 Final Olympic Qualification Regatta, Thompson, alongside crewmates Harriet Hudson, Caitlin Cronin and Rowena Meredith ensured the participation of the Women's Quadruple Scull in Tokyo 2020, with the four earning gold in the final to secure an Olympic berth.
Now continuing to train for Tokyo 2020 at Rowing Australia's National Training Centre, Thompson remains fixated on a critical debut Olympic campaign.