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Joshua Dunkley-Smith (born 28 June 1989 in Geelong, Australia) is an Australian rower. He is a national champion, a dual Olympian, two time silver Olympic medal winner and has won medals at five World Rowing Championships.

Josh Dunkley-Smith
Personal information
Birth nameJoshua Dunkley-Smith
Born28 June 1989 (1989-06-28) (age 30)
Melbourne, Australia
Years active2006–2018
ClubMercantile Rowing Club



Dunkley-Smith attended Albert Park Primary and learnt to row at Geelong College. He rowed in the Geelong College first VIII in Victorian Schools Head of the River races in 2006 and 2007.

Dunkley-Smith studied for a B.Arts in Journalism at Monash University. After his return from the Olympics in 2012, Dunkley-Smith took up coaching at Melbourne Girls Grammar.

His mother Addy Bucek is a former Australian Olympic sailing representative.[1] His younger sister, Addy, is also a competitive rower.[2]

He retired from competitive rowing following the 2018 King's Cup – his ninth state representative appearance for Victoria in that event.

Club and state rowingEdit

Dunkley-Smith's senior club rowing was from the Mercantile Rowing Club in Melbourne.

His was first selected to Victorian state representative honours in the 2008 Victorian youth eight who won the Noel F Wilkinson Trophy at the Interstate Regatta within the Australian Rowing Championships. In 2009 he was again selected in the youth eight and he stroked the crew to his second victory in that event.[3] On nine consecutive occasions from 2010 to 2018 Dunkley-Smith was seated in the Victorian men's senior eight who contested the King's Cup at the Australian Rowing Championships.[4] In those crews he saw two King's Cup victories and six times placed second. He stroked four of those Victorian eights in King's Cup races.[5]

On 10 March 2018, he became the world's fastest 2k erg time holder with a time of 5:35.8,[6] beating Rob Waddell's 19-year-old record of 5:36.6.[6]

International representative rowingEdit

Dunkley-Smith made his national representative debut in 2009 when he was selected to stroke an Australian U23 eight to contest the World Rowing U23 Championships in Racice.[7] That eight placed fourth. That same year he achieved his first senior representative selection in the Australian senior men's eight who raced to a seventh placing at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland.[7]

In 2010 Dunkley-Smith competed in an Australian coxless four winning gold at the World Rowing Cup II in Munich and in the men's eight who took silver at the World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne. He then competed in an U23 coxless four at the 2010 World Rowing U23 Championships in Brest before three months later winning his first senior World Championship medal at Lake Karapiro 2010 – a bronze in the men's coxed eight.[8]

In 2011 Dunkley-Smith secured a seat in the Australian senior coxless four and for the next five years he rowed in that boat consistently at Olympics and at World Championships.[7] That year with Samuel Loch, Nicholas Purnell and Drew Ginn, Dunkley-Smith won a bronze medal at the World Championships at Bled 2011.[9]

At the 2012 London Olympics, Dunkley-Smith won a silver medal in the Australian coxless four with Drew Ginn, James Chapman and Will Lockwood. Ginn's presence in the crew gave it a lineage to the successful Australian men's four crews of the 1990s that were known as the Oarsome Foursomes.[10]

In 2013, Dunkley-Smith, Alexander Lloyd, Spencer Turrin and Will Lockwood won the silver in the four at the 2013 World Championships in Chungju after having won or placed at three World Rowing Cups that year.[11] With Lockwood changed out for Fergus Pragnell, Dunkley-Smith, Lloyd and Turrin won a bronze medal at the 2014 World Championships in Amsterdam. As in 2013 they had performed strongly in the lead-up winning or placing at three World Rowing Cups.[12]

Dunkley-Smith was originally selected for the Australian men's eight in 2015, but an injury to Alex Lloyd lead to him being put into the two seat of the four.[2] At the 2015 World Championships, Dunkley-Smith, Lockwood, Alexander Hill and Spencer Turrin won the silver medal in the men's four.[13]

In 2016 along with Will Lockwood, Joshua Booth, and Alex Hill, Dunkley-Smith was selected in the Australian Men's Coxless four to compete at Rio 2016. They placed second and third at two lead-up World Rowing Cups in Europe and in Rio de Janeiro at the 2016 Summer Olympics they won their heat and semi-final and took the silver medal behind the fancied Great Britain crew in the final.[14] It was Dunkley-Smith's last international appearance for Australia and a fitting end to a stellar representative career.[7]

Rowing PalmarèsEdit


World ChampionshipsEdit

National Interstate RegattaEdit


  1. ^ "Addy Bucek Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Joshua DUNKLEY-SMITH -". Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  3. ^ 2009 Austn C'ships
  4. ^ Guerin Foster Aust Rowing History
  5. ^ Dunkley-Smith Mercantile profile
  6. ^ a b "World Records". Concept2. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d Dunkley-Smith at World Rowing
  8. ^ "2010 WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS – Karapiro, NZL – (M8+) Men's Eight – Final". 7 November 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  9. ^ "2011 WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS – Bled, SLO – (M4-) Men's Four – Final". 4 September 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  10. ^ Advocate 2012
  11. ^ "2013 World Rowing Championships Chungju, KOR (M4-) Final". 31 August 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  12. ^ "2014 World Rowing Championships Amsterdam, NED (M4-) Final". 30 August 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  13. ^ "2015 World Rowing Championships Aiguebelette, FRA (M4-)". 5 September 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  14. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Joshua Dunkley-Smith". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 29 June 2018.