West Australian rower David Watts will make his Olympic debut in Rio next month, but it’s certainly not his first time representing Australia.

In 2008 at the age of 16, he rowed in the Junior Australian Men’s Four at the Junior World Rowing Championships, finishing fourth in the A-Final. He also walked away with a number of medals including silver and bronze in the years to follow, including one from the inaugural Youth Olympic Games.

He chatted with me about how it all started:

 

 

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I spoke with David about the road to Rio (or should I say rowed to Rio):

 David is also an accomplished freelance photographer:

 

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Here’s a snap David took between training sessions in Switzerland in 2014 at River Reuss, Lucerne.

 

Aside from a long list of people, David has one inspiration in particular and that is most definitely his mum. His father passed away at the age of 15, something that would have most certainly changed his life but it has also driven him to succeed. Here’s some of what he had to say:

 

“I like to see her happy and I think that this road and this journey actually brings her happiness.”

 

 

Stay tuned as I follow David and other Olympians on their road to and from Rio!