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Artarmon's Olympian in rowing finals

Toby Lister, 25, who grew up in Artarmon, made it into the Olympic rowing finals to compete on August 1 as coxswain of the Australian men’s eight rowing team, while his Artarmon parents cheered them on at Eaton Dorney, near Windsor outside London.

In an extremely close race, Toby and his crew gave it their all – but it was not quite enough to keep up with the blistering pace set by the Germans, followed by Canada, Great Britain, USA and the Dutch hard on their heels. The Australian team finished sixth at 5:51.87 – less than a second from the bronze medal winners at 5:52.18 and just over three seconds behind the gold medal winners at 5:48.75

Leading up to the final, Toby and the men’s eight came second in front of Great Britain and behind Poland at the Word Cup regatta in Munich a month earlier.

On the first day of the Olympics they also finished a promising second behind USA in heat 1. Doing it tougher in the repechage two days later as Great Britain held off Canada at the line to take first, while the Dutch grabbed third, the Australian team came fourth to just make it into the A-final.

Toby has lived in Artarmon most of his life, where he studied at Artarmon Public School. His father Craig Lister told the Gazette Toby was still living in Artarmon as he entered his early international representation but in the last years had been based in Canberra at the Australian Institute of Sports.

He started his rowing career at Shore School, became a regular member of the NSW and Australian teams and started coxing the Australian team after the Beijing Olympics.

Since then the men’s eight finished seventh at the 2009 World Championships, won bronze in 2010 and came fourth in 2011.

Toby’s parents left for London earlier last month after Toby and his crew finished training in Italy. Before leaving, Craig said they had rented a house with friends and family outside London, near Dorney Lake.

Eaton Dorney is normally less than half an hour’s journey from London but with Olympic traffic congestions, that journey could take several hours during the Games.

by Eva Wiland, Gazette editor

Courtesy of Gazette August 2012
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Australian Men's Eight
Australian Men's Eight ... give it their all
Photo: Rowing Australia


Toby Lister
Toby Lister... in Artarmon at start of rowing career
Photo: Rowing Australia





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