Giorgia Patten was awarded a Scholarship within the 2019 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program and was paired with athlete Member Rechelle Hawkes AM.
Born on December 12, 1998, in Perth Western Australia, Giorgia attended Perth College in Mount Lawley, where her appetite for rowing originated. As her interest in the physically demanding sport grew, Giorgia officially began her rowing career at the Western Australian Rowing Club where her talents were soon spotted by local members before an invitation to the Western Australia Institute of Sport was extended.
Encouraged by her parents to follow her aspirations, Giorgia relocated to Rowing Australia’s National Training Centre in Sydney to involve herself in the nation’s top competitive rowing environment post her high school graduation. Under the guidance of National Training Centre coaches John Keogh, Tom Westgarth and Ellen Randell, Giorgia’s talents were nurtured and cultivated, as they prepared her for an international debut at the 2018 U23 National Championships as a 19-year-old in the women’s pair event. After displaying promising results in pair events throughout 2018, Giorgia switched from pairs to sculling events early in 2019 where her skills would go onto shine.
A trailblazer in her sport and the once toped ranked national rower not only divided her time between volunteering, coaching and representing her country but is also finalised her degree in a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Curtin University throughout 2020/2021.
Giorgia made her Olympic debut at Tokyo 2021 finishing eight in the W8.
Mentor Quote: Rechelle Hawkes AM (hockey)
“Giorgia is a 20-year-old on a mission. She is a rising star in the sport of rowing and whilst committing to her busy rowing schedule, she also finds the time to study physiotherapy and volunteer at her local rowing club. With this drive and commitment, she is already displaying at such a young age, I can’t wait to work with Giorgia, as she displays the type of qualities which are the building blocks to future success and I am very excited about her future prospects.”
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2017: U21 Trans-Tasman Competition, Women’s pair – winner
- 2018: World Rowing Cup III, Women’s pair – sixth place
- 2018: World Rowing Under 23 Championships, Women’s pair – fifth place
- 2019: World Rowing Under 23 Championships, Women’s double scull – silver medal
- 2019: WAIS Junior Athlete of the Year – nomination
- 2021: Tokyo Olympic Games – W8, 5th