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Sally Robbins, 2005

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
Gift of the artist 2006
© Toni Wilkinson

Accession number: 2006.86.a

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Toni Wilkinson

Sally Robbins (age 24 in 2005)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

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Toni Wilkinson (5 portraits)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.