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Sally Robbins
, 2005

by Toni Wilkinson

inkjet print (image: 132.0 cm x 94.0 cm, frame: 142.0 cm x 104.5 cm)

The rower Sally Robbins (b. 1981) remains best known for her performance in the Women's Eight final at the 2004 Olympics, during which she appeared to cease rowing 500 metres from the finish line, denying Australia a possible Bronze medal, igniting furious public debate, and earning herself the unshakeable nickname "Lay Down Sally". After a period out of the spotlight she made a comeback to competitive rowing in early 2006, earning selection in Western Australia's Women's Eight squad for the national titles in March. Success at the nationals could see her enter the reckoning for a place on the Australian team for Beijing 2008.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2006
Accession number: 2006.86.a