Jacqueline Swick is a rower who was awarded a Tier 1 Scholarship within the 2024 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program. She was paired with former Hockeyroo Rechelle Hawkes AM as her Mentor.
Jacqui was born in Perth in 2002 and started rowing in 2019 at the age of 16 at Presbyterian Ladies College. After representing her school in the 2019 Australian National Championships, Jacqui joined the Swan River Rowing Club, where she further developed her passion for the sport.
After winning the Under 21 Women’s Pair at the 2021 Australian National Championships, Jacqui was selected for her first Under 23 Australian team in the Coxless Four. However, her international debut was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following year, Jacqui won the Under 23 Women’s Pair at the 2022 Australian National Championships and was named in both the Senior Australian Rowing Team and Under 23 Australian Rowing Team. Jacqui competed for Australia in the Senior Women’s Eight at the World Rowing Cups 2 and 3. She placed third at the World Rowing Cup 2 in Poznan, Poland and won gold at the World Rowing Cup 3 in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Following this success, she competed at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in Varese, Italy, where the BW4 crew brought home the bronze medal. At the 2022 World Rowing Championships held in Račice, Czech Republic, Jacqui raced in the four-seat of the Australian Rowing Team Women’s Eight that finished fifth in the A final. Upon conclusion of the 2022 international season, Jacqui accepted a scholarship to the Rowing Australia Women’s National Training Centre and relocated from Perth, Western Australia, to Penrith, New South Wales.
In 2023, Jacqui made her second Australian Rowing Team in the Women’s Eight and competed in the 2023 World Rowing Cups 2 and 3, placing 1st and 3rd in Varese, Italy and Lucern, Switzerland. Heading into the 2023 World Rowing Championships, held in Belgrade, Serbia, the Women’s Eight team must finish among the top 5 to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“I am honoured and excited to be a recipient of a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Tier 1 Scholarship for 2024. Elite sport can be demanding both physically and mentally, having a mentor such as Rechelle who understands and has experienced these challenges will provide a source of motivation during the inevitable trials and tribulations of elite sport. Having the opportunity to learn, relate and draw inspiration from my Rechelle’s journey and experiences will be incredibly valuable as I strive to achieve my dream of winning a medal at the Olympics” – Jacqueline Swick on being selected as a 2024 Tier 1 Scholarship Holder
- 2023: World Rowing Cup 2 – Women’s 8+ 1st Place
- 2022: Australian Champion – Under 23 Women’s Pair 1st Place
- 2022: World Rowing Cup 3 – Women’s 8+ 1st Place
- 2022: World Rowing Championships – Women’s 8+ 5th Place
- 2022: World Rowing Under 23 Championships – Women’s 4- 3rd Place
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Photo Credit: Rowing Australia