Year Awarded: 2019
Sport: Rowing
Scholarship Holders

Giorgia Patten - Rowing

West Australian rower Giorgia Patten is a rising star in her sport, having recently returned from the U23 World Rowing Championships where she placed 5th in the women’s pair final.

With a passion for competitive racing, Patten is currently studying full-time at Curtin University in Perth, for a Bachelor of Physiotherapy while also training at WAIS to achieve her rowing goals.

With the goal of competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Patten will be mentored by Hockeyroos captain and three-time Olympic gold medallist Rechelle Hawkes.

“I am very excited to receive the SAHOF scholarship, amazing opportunity to be mentored by an extremely successful athlete, really looking forward to learning from Rechelle on being the best person I can be while balancing like as an elite athlete and studying physiotherapy. Support from a role model such as Rechelle will greatly assist me in many aspects of my life but most importantly to achieve my dreams as an athlete in the sport I love that is rowing!”


Click here to read the 2019 Scholarship Media Release from 2018


Mentor Quote: Rechelle Hawkes AM (hockey)

“Giorgia is a 20-year-old on a mission. She is a rising star in the sport of rowing and whilst committing to her busy rowing schedule, she also finds the time to study physiotherapy and volunteer at her local rowing club. With this drive and commitment, she is already displaying at such a young age, I can't wait to work with Giorgia, as she displays the type of qualities which are the building blocks to future success and I am very excited about her future prospects.”


NSO Quote: Rowing Australia Chief Executive Officer Ian Robson

“On behalf of all the rowing community, we would like to congratulate Giorgia on receiving a scholarship under the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program. It’s the first time since 2011 that a rower has been awarded a scholarship and we are all thrilled to see a developing athlete such as Giorgia be mentored by someone of Rechelle Hawkes’ calibre. I have no doubt that she will eagerly absorb any knowledge and advice shared with her and then transfer it into her rowing career. We’re also delighted to see Olympic gold medalist, Nick Green mentoring Tess Coady in the program.”


What integrity means to me:

“Integrity to me is being a person of good character, strong morals and displaying consistent and honest behaviour. Integrity is a key principle that I strive to demonstrate in every environment I’m in, including training, university and when I’m with family and friends. I’m consistent with my actions, always positive, accountable and reliable. I’m a truthful person and I give nothing but 100% in every situation, even if no one is watching.”


Fast Facts

Disciplines: Women’s Pairs, Fours, Eights

State Institution: WAIS

National Ranking (as at August 2018): 1st Pairs

International Ranking (as at August 2018): 5th Pairs

Occupation: Bachelor of Physiotherapy

All-Time Sporting Hero: Laura Geitz

Favourite Quote: If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough


Honours, Awards & Results

2018 World Rowing Championships, Women’s Pair 5th  

2018 World Cup, Women’s Pair 6th

2018 National Championships, U23 Women’s Pair, Fours, Eights Triple Gold 

2018 National Championships, Open Women’s Eights 2nd

2017 Trans-Tasman Competition, U21 Women’s Pair 1st




Picture credit: Rowing Australia

Mentor:  Rechelle Hawkes AM

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.