Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa
Home Club: University of Queensland
Defence Posting: Adjutant, 9 Force Support Battalion, Brisbane
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Captain Carl Bleimschein moved to Australia in 1992, and joined the Australian Army from school in 2006. With a Bachelor of Business from the Australian Defence Force Academy, Carl graduated from the Royal Military College – Duntroon in 2009 into the Royal Australian Corps of Transport.
Carl learned to row in 2013, at 1st Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (the successor of the Australian Imperial Force) where he broke the battalion record over two kilometres in indoor rowing.
Deploying twice, Carl maintained his indoor rowing form, breaking the 500m record at Camp Baker in Afghanistan. A few days later, an injury from a vehicle rollover halted Carl’s rowing training. Indoor rowing was integral to Captain Bleimschein’s recovery and he completed an indoor rowing marathon in 2016.In 2018 Carl transitioned to on-water rowing, and has been focussed on training for the King’s Cup since. The opportunity to walk in the shoes of those who have come before and to be a part of Australia’s military history is inspiring Carl’s journey.