Jaime Fernandez (rower)

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Olympic medal record
Silver Sydney 2000 Men's Eight

Jaime Fernandez (born 4 April 1971) is a former Australian rower. He won a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the men's VIII.

Early life and studies[edit]

He grew up in the remote mining town of Gove, Northern Territory, but moved to Adelaide for high school, where he attended Christian Brothers College. His main sporting interest at the time was Australian Rules Football, but he was required to participate in a summer sport as well, and he selected rowing.

At school, we had to play a summer sport. I had a mate who did a bit of rowing… so I thought ‘ah well, I’ll give it a go'

Jamie Fernandez[1]

He went on to study science at Adelaide University. During this time, he was recruited to the Adelaide University Boat Club when one of the regular members fell ill. He quickly rediscovered his love for the sport, and by the age of 19 was rowing for Australia.[2]

Representative rowing career[edit]

Fernandez competed in the Men's Eight at the Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney Olympic Games, winning the silver medal at Sydney. He also competed in five World Rowing Championships ('93, '94, '95, '98, '99) and the 1994 Commonwealth Games, where he won the gold medal in the Men's four. He retired from rowing following the Sydney Olympics.[3]

In 1999, Fernandez married Mary-Jane Harding of Yass, New South Wales. He is currently Deputy National Performance Director at Rowing Australia.[4]