Harrison ‘Harry’ Fox was awarded a Tier 2 Scholarship within the 2022 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
Harry was born in Melbourne, Australia and attended Melbourne Grammar School, where he started rowing in 2014, and first realised his passion for the sport.
After a successful schoolboy career, Harry started competitive club rowing at Melbourne University Boat Club in 2019. It was here that he started to further develop his skills and abilities and was recognised as one of the best young rowers in Victoria. In 2019 Harry joined the VIS and was coached by SAHOF Member Noel Donaldson. At the conclusion of his first club season, he was selected for the Australian Junior Team in the Double Scull.
In late 2019, Harry and his Double Scull partner Hamish Henriques defeated strong German and Italian teams to win gold at the Junior World Championships. Harry then travelled to the United States where he planned to study and compete at Boston University. Unfortunately, as with many sports, the COVID-19 pandemic meant that Harry’s season was cancelled, leaving him with a tough decision to return home in March 2020.
Harry spent the 2020/2021 season competing for his home club in Melbourne and proved his decision to return from overseas to be a good one. In 2021, Harry won U21 Pair and Coxed Four and U23 Eight National Titles and helped stroke Victoria to its first win in the Wilkinson’s Cup in 7 years. With this success came the biggest reward of them all – selection, alongside three of his Victorian teammates on the 2021 U21 Australian Rowing Team.
The 2021 season was Harry’s most successful to date and he’s now set his sights firmly on competing at the Olympic Games and World Championships. Away from the water, his focus is on his career and he’s currently studying business management and HR.
“It’s a massive honour to be named as a successful Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder. I’m extremely grateful to be given the resources and support from the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and to be part of such an amazing program with so many great present former and current athletes.” – Harry Fox on being selected as a 2022 Tier 2 Scholarship Holder.
“Success is when preparation meets opportunity.”
- 2019: World Junior Rowing Championships, Tokyo, Japan – 1st, Men’s Double Scull
- 2019: Australian National Rowing Championships – 1st, Under 23 Men’s Eight
- 2021: Australian National Rowing Championships – 1st, Interstate Men’s Youth Eight
- 2021: Australian National Rowing Championships – 1st, Under 23 Men’s Eight
- 2021: Australian National Rowing Championships – 1st, Under 21 Men’s Pair
- 2021: Australian National Rowing Championships – 1st, Under 21 Men’s Coxed Four
- 2021: Interstate Regatta Wilkinson’s Cup – 1st, U21 Men’s Eight
Bio picture credit Rowing Australia