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James Jonathan Chapman (born 2 November 1979) is an Australian former national, Olympic representative and Olympic medal winning rower.[1]

James Chapman
Personal information
Born (1979-11-22) 22 November 1979 (age 39)
EducationNewington College
University of Technology, Sydney
ClubUTS Haberfield
Sydney Rowing Club


Raised in Sydney, Chapman attended Newington College[2] where he was coached by Olympian and fellow Old Newingtonian Michael Morgan OAM and deputy headmaster Robert Buntine. In 1997 he was a member of the Newington Head of the River winning 1st VIII. He studied Accounting at Sydney's University of Technology.

Club and state rowingEdit

His senior rowing was initially with the UTS Haberfield Rowing Club. For twelve of the thirteen years from 2003 to 2015 he was seated in the New South Wales state VIII which contested the King's Cup at the Australian Rowing Championships. In 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Chapman rowed in victorious New South Wales King's Cup crews.[3]

Following the 2008 Beijing Olympics Chapman joined the Sydney Rowing Club as a competing member and a senior coach.

National representative rowingEdit

Chapman was first selected to compete for Australia in the two seat of the men's VIII who took the silver medal at the under 23 World Championships in Copenhagen in 2000.[4] In 2003 he rowed at the World Championships in the men's coxless four who placed 4th in the final.[5] He was in the bow seat of the Australian Men's VIII at the World Championships 2006 who also finished 4th.[6] He won a silver medal at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in the men's coxed pair with William Lockwood and David Webster.[7]

Chapman first made Olympic selection as a reserve in the Australian squad for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. He rowed for Australia in the men's VIII at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[8] At the 2012 London Olympics, Chapman won a silver medal in the Australian men's coxless four.[9]

Chapman, Sam Loch, Matt Ryan & Fergus Pragnell with the Kings Cup in 2013 - the 6th time each oarsman won the event.


From 1998, Chapman worked at Westpac starting as a teller, completing his Accounting Degree. Chapman left banking in 2015, as an Associate Director in Westpac Institutional Banking (WIB) to start an MBA at Macquarie Graduate School of Management.