Champion rower Spence Turrin named Dungog Shire's Sportsperson of the Year

Dungog Shire's 2016 Sportsperson of the Year Spencer Turrin.
Dungog Shire's 2016 Sportsperson of the Year Spencer Turrin.

Spencer Turrin was born and bred in Dungog and has taken his passion for rowing to the world stage.

For his efforts Turrin has been named Dungog Shire's Sportsperson of the Year.

He started rowing  at St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill and joined Sydney Rowing Club in 2006.

Four years later he won silver at the Australian Youth Cup in the eight and the coxless fours, and took home the bronze in the coxless pair.

In 2011 he won silver at the Australian Rowing Championships in the Interstate Men’s Youth eight, and teamed up with Alex Lloyd a year later in the coxless pairs where both were offered scholarships to the Australian Institute of Sport.

They continued to row in a coxless pair and won silver at the national championships in 2012.

They were then selected to row in Australia’s second coxless fours at Rowing World Cup 1 in Sydney where they won a silver medal.

At the following national selection trials Spencer and Alex won the coxless pairs and were selected into the Australian coxless four which is Australia’s priority boat.

The crew won gold at the World Cup at Eton Dorney in 2013.

At the World Championships the same year the crew was placed second in Chungju, South Korea.

In 2014 the duo won the champion pair of NSW, the champion four of NSW and the King’s Cup and a the World Cup 1 in Sydney, rowed in the winning Australian coxless four and the winning Australian eight.

At the Australian Rowing Championships they placed second in the coxless pair then went on to earn the number one ranking in the coxless pair and coxless four at the selection trials.

In the final of the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, their coxless four won the bronze medal.

At the World Rowing Championships in Aigbuillette France they placed second behind Italy.