Virginia Lee

Virginia Lee (born 6 April 1965) is an Australian former rower. She was a four-time national champion, a 1992 world champion and an Olympic bronze medal winner who competed in both sweep oared and sculling events in the lightweight division.

Virginia Lee
Personal information
Born (1965-04-06) 6 April 1965 (age 56)
Sydney, Australia
Height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight59 kg (130 lb)[1]

Club and state rowingEdit

Lee was born in Sydney, Australia. Her senior rowing was from the Mosman Rowing Club in Sydney.[1]

On eight occasions from 1986 to 1996 she represented New South Wales, racing for the Women's Lightweight Four Championship (the Victoria Cup) at the Australian Rowing Championships. Her crews won the championship in 1995 and 1996. They crossed the line first in 1988 but were disqualified for a doping infringement.[2]

In 1995 and again in 2000 Lee won the Australian national lightweight single sculls title.[3]

National representative rowingEdit

World championshipsEdit

She was selected to national representative honours for the 1986 and 1987 World Rowing Championships in the women's lightweight four who came fourth both times.[4] At the 1992 World Rowing Championships in Montreal, Canada, she won a world championship in the lightweight four, with Marina Cade, Deirdre Fraser, and Liz Moller.

At the next world championships in Račice 1993, her Australian lightweight four finished in fourth place. The following year at Indianapolis 1994, she raced in a lightweight double scull which finished seventh.[4] At the 1995 World Rowing Championships in Tampere, Finland, Lee was again part of the lightweight four, but the boat did not start.[4][5] At those same championships she also competed in the lightweight women's double scull with Joanne Morgan and they placed fourth.[4] At the 1999 World Rowing Championships in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, she partnered with Sally Newmarch in the lightweight double scull to win a bronze medal.[4]


At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, USA, she partnered with Rebecca Joyce and won bronze in the lightweight women's double sculls.[4][6] At the 2000 Summer Olympics in her home city of Sydney, she again competed with Newmarch in a lightweight double scull and they came fourth.[4][6]


  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Virginia Lee". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  2. ^ "1988 Aust C'ships at Guerin Foster". Archived from the original on 20 October 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  3. ^ "LwtW Single Scull History at Guerin Foster". Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Virginia Lee". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  5. ^ Lightweight Women's Four (LW4-) (Television production). Tampere, Finland: Eurovision. 25 August 1995. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Virginia Lee". Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 5 October 2017.

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