Student Athlete Profile - Luke Letcher

Luke Letcher



What is your Sport? 



What degree did you study at ANU?

I'm studying a Bachelor of Engineering


How many hours per week do you spend training/competing?

Nearly 40 hours per week


How did you juggle the committments of rowing and studying?

I watch most of my lectures online and make sure at the beginning of the semester that I have a good idea of how I’ll be able to fit my classes that require compulsory attendance around my training. When I am away competing I often need to get assessments moved around or try to get exempt from them.


How does sport assist you in your academic pursuits?

Elite sport requires a level of commitment and diligence that does transfer over to my academic pursuits in a good way. It teaches you how to apply yourself completely to a task when you need to and also to be able to switch off to give yourself some space when that’s needed as well.


Greatest sporting achievement?

Winning all three U23 sculling titles at the 2015 national championships (the single, double and quad).


What is your long-term sporting goal?

Make the Australian Olympic Team.


Who has had the greatest influence on your sporting career thus far?

Through my earlier years it was my school coach David Bagnall who looked after me really well and always pushed me forwards. More recently it has been my current coach Lyall McCarthy who has taught me how to row and train at the elite level.


Who is your sporting idol and why?

Kim Brennan, I always admired her for her performances in a boat and how she came across in the media, but in recent years I have trained alongside her, which has only made me realise even more so what an incredible person she is. She always applies herself fully to everything she does, which is not only reflected in how she trains and races but also in her academic results and career. 


Do you have any superstitions or race day rituals?
I never listen to music to get myself pumped up before racing
Tell us something interesting or fascinating about yourself?

I played the cello for 10 years.