Megan Marcks first started rowing in 1988 (as Megan Still) through the Talent Identification Program set up by Alan Hahn at the Australian Institute of Sport. She is possibly the finest example of such a program, starting as raw talent and rising to world champion and Olympic gold medallist in 1996. Along with her partner, Kate Slatter (now Allen), they became the first Australian gold medallists in women’s rowing.
Marcks first competed at the national championships in 1989 and, until her retirement in 1996 after the Atlanta Olympics, won numerous championships in a wide variety of classes of boats.
Marcks rowed at five World Championships from 1990 to 1995, eventually winning bronze in the women’s coxless four in 1994, then gold in the women’s coxless pairs in 1995 with Slatter, setting the pair up for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Marcks had her first taste of Olympic competition at the 1992 Barcelona Games where she was a member of the Australian women’s four that finished sixth. Marcks and Slatter then won Australia’s first ever Olympic women’s rowing gold medal in 1996 at the Atlanta Games, where they defeated the highly fancied USA pair by 0.29 seconds.
The result was a defining moment in Australian women’s rowing. Since this time women’s rowing has continued to flourish and Marcks has continued her close relationship with the sport.
Marcks was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her services to rowing.