Rosemary Popa | Australian Olympic Committee

Rosemary's Story

Fast Facts 

Sport: Rowing 
Event: Women’s Sweep Squad 
Olympic History: Olympic Debutant
Coach: John Keogh
Highlights: Winning silver at the 2019 World Championships  
Year Born: 1991 
Born: Carlton, VIC 

About Rosemary 

With a strong bloodline of rowing pedigree, Rosemary Popa will look to continue her family’s Olympic success in Tokyo.

The daughter of Sue and Ion, two Australian bronze medallists from Los Angeles 1984, Rosemary will make her Olympic debut as part of a greatly expectant Women’s Sweep Squad this year.  

A dual-citizen, Popa has also represented America on the U23 stage, but decided in 2015 to revert back to Australian colours.  

In 2017, Popa earned selection to Rowing Australia’s National Training Centre, where at the Penrith base the 29-year-old has worked in the nation’s top competitive environment whilst under the tutelage of John Keogh, Tom Westgarth and Ellen Randell.  

The following year, Popa was named to the Women’s Fours World Rowing Cup crew and the Women’s Eight for the World Championships, earning bronze in the latter competition.  

Now a vital piece in the Women’s Sweep Squad, Popa will be hoping to extend her family’s Olympic legacy in Tokyo.  

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