Role: Assistant Team Manager / Reserve Rower
Hometown: Canberra, Australian Capital territory
Home Club: Australian Defence Force Rowing Club
Defence Posting: Australian High Commission, London, Project Officer - New Generation Navy, London
Commander Rebecca Levitt learned to row on a dam on a sheep farm near rural Armidale and was a founding member of New England Girl’s School’s rowing club and eventual Rowing Captain.
Commander Levitt joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1996 and continued rowing with the Australian Defence Force Academy before her seagoing career took her away from rowing clubs. She has served as a Logistics Officer on various overseas missions, including operational service with the United Nations Mission in Sudan (2006) and in HMAS Melbourne in the Arabian Gulf (2010).
Rebecca returned to rowing in 2015 after having her first child and competed in various sweep races at Australian Masters Rowing Championships winning a gold, medal and bronze. She was Secretary of the Australian Defence Force Rowing Club in 2017 before having her second child.
Commander Levitt is now posted to London with her husband and two children, enjoying living near the Thames River in Putney, where the 1919 King’s Cup Australian crew trained. Watching the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race from her adopted hometown this year was a fitting lead up to Henley Royal Regatta and she is looking forward to meeting the rest of the Australian Defence Force King’s Cup Team when they arrive in the United Kingdom.