Team captain and rower
Hometown: Hamilton, Victoria
Home Club: Australian National University Boat Club
Defence Posting: Intelligence Officer, Defence Intelligence Organisation, Canberra
An avid rower, Lieutenant Colonel Selina Rowland is the Team Captain of the Australian Defence Force King's Cup team. Born in Hamilton, Victoria, Selina Rowland enlisted into the Australian Army in 1997. Since then she has held a range of regimental, intelligence, training and staff appointments. Lieutenant Colonel Rowland's career highlights include leading soldiers on operations, mentoring cadets at the Royal Military College-Duntroon, and commanding the 39th Operational Support Battalion. She has deployed to the Middle East (2012-13), the Solomon Islands (2004), Iraq (2003), Kosovo (2001), and East Timor (2001-02 and 1999).
Selina's passion for rowing began when her father taught her to row on Lake Hamilton. She rowed at school in Ballarat, including in the first crew. Selina vied for national selection in lightweight sculling events before joining the Army. She now rows for Australian National University Boat Club, and regularly competes in sculling and sweep races at local and interstate regattas. In 2016, Selina rowed three seat in the winning Interstate Quad (Australian Capital Territory crew) at the Australian Masters Rowing Championships.
Selina has represented the Australian Defence Force in rowing when as Captain of Boats as a cadet, and rowing supervisor when on staff at the Royal Military College-Duntroon, as a committee member in the formative years of Australian Defence Force Rowing, and as a competitor. The opportunity to again represent the Australian Defence Force in her chosen sport, this time in the UK – 100 years after the Australian Imperial Force number 1 crew won the King's Cup – adds another highlight to Selina's military and rowing record.