Hometown: Sydney, New South Wales
Home Club: Yarra Yarra Rowing Club
Defence Posting: Land Engineering Agency, Engineer, Melbourne
Major Tom Cregan took up rowing on Sydney Harbour in 2003 at the King’s School because he wasn’t coordinated enough to continue playing cricket. From that spark onwards he continues to row whenever circumstance allow.
Major Cregan enlisted in the Australian Army in 2005, studying Mechanical Engineering at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). While at ADFA, Tom trained and raced on Lake Burley Griffin and won the Disher Cup in 2006. A race so named for the stroke of the winning 1919 AIF number 1 crew. After commissioning from the Royal Military College – Duntroon, he was posted to the 3rd Brigade in Townsville as a platoon commander. Rowing was tough in Townsville due to field training, humidity and crocodiles – precious few strokes were taken while in Townsville.
Major Cregan was deployed to Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan (2011-12) as a platoon commander in the 3rd Mentoring Task Force. Upon returning to Townsville he continued to serve as a planner in logistics, infantry and aviation units. In 2014 Major Cregan posted to the United Kingdom to study a Masters in Guided Weapons Systems. While in the UK, Tom took up rowing again, racing for City of Oxford Rowing Club. This included training on the famous Isis stretch of the Thames, victory in the Oxford bumps race and racing in the 2015 Henley Royal Regatta.
Upon returning to Australia, Tom joined Yarra Yarra Rowing Club and began training and racing on Melbourne’s Yarra River. Tom continues to row there, and was very keen when the opportunity to represent the Australian Defence Force at the return of the King’s Cup presented itself. A chance to remember the legacy of those before us and race at one of the most prestigious venues in the world was an opportunity not to be missed.