Hometown: Bungendore, New South Wales
Home Club: Mosman Rowing Club
Mr Iain Smith was born in Canberra in 1960 and began rowing in 1975. At age 20 Iain moved to Sydney to represent NSW in the Under 21 category and further his competitive rowing career. Iain rowed for Mosman Rowing Club from 1983-1996 winning several state championships including the NSW Champion Eight in 1984 and the Centenary Riverview Gold Cup. Iain began coaching in 1978 and has coached athletes to state and national victories. Many athletes Iain coached progressed to represent NSW and Australia, or received full scholarships to prestigious universities in Australia and overseas.
Iain is also an accomplished professional yachtsman and has competed in 15 Sydney to Hobart races winning five times. Iain has competed in three Americas Cup regattas and won several World Championships in different classes. Iain joined the board of Queensland Rowing in 2013 and served as a director until this year. He was a driving force in the establishment of Wyaralong Dam and Queensland State Rowing Centre.
In late 2017, after many years' interstate and overseas professional sailing, Iain returned to live in Canberra and is honoured by the opportunity to be the head coach of the Australian Defence Force Kings Cup Campaign.Iain's grandfather Nathaniel Henry Smith MM served in the Great War, landing in Gallipoli in August 1915. Nathaniel was part of the 12th and 4th Lighthorse and was involved in the charge of the Light Brigade at Beersheba where he was awarded the Military Medal. Iain's great uncle PTE William Norman Carnall was killed on the Western Front on 23 July 1918 and is buried at Merricourt in France.