Former Bunbury rower Owen Hingston was recently selected for the Australian Defence Force King's Cup team.
Private Hingston started rowing in high school for the Bunbury Rowing Club, competing in the Australian Masters Rowing Championships in Tasmania and Perth.
Originally joining the Navy in 2010 as a Midshipman, Private Hingston left to pursue a career as a fitness instructor and personal trainer and is now in the final weeks of an undergraduate degree in exercise and sport science.
His rowing experience and skills as a personal trainer has landed him a spot on the Australian Defence Force King's Cup team as a Performance Facilitator and Reserve Rower in the Henley Royal Regatta 2019, on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames, England.
Mr Hingston said rowing brought together all the physical attributes of the Australian Defence Force he liked the most.
"It's such a physical sport and requires concentration, excellent fitness levels and teamwork - we have a great team of rowers and support crew and have a really good chance of brining the King's Cup home with us when we return to Australia," he said.
The ADF's team of eight has been drawn from across Navy, Army, and Air Force, and includes a gender mix of officers and other ranks.
This race will mark the centenary of the 1919 Royal Henley Peace Regatta, conducted as part of repatriation activities undertaken at the end of the First World War and holds a special place in the proud history of the ADF.