Andrew Cooper was  one  quarter of the Oarsome Foursome who thrilled Australia  at the 1992  Barcelona Olympics  with the foursome’s convincing gold medal victory. Andrew launched his international rowing career in 1986  at the world championships, and  followed with the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games. At both competitions he was  a member of the gold medal winning men’s eight crews. In the 1988  Seoul Olympics Andrew represented Australia  as a member of the eights’ team which was placed fifth in the final. Progressing in his rowing career, Andrew moved his focus  from eights to fours,  where he joined James Tomkins,  Mike McKay and  Nick Green. In 1992  the Oarsome Foursome had  already forged  its remarkable reputation, being  held in the same calibre as some of Australia’s greatest  in sporting history. Armed with two world titles and an unbeaten record the Oarsome Foursome entered the Barcelona Olympics as one  of Australia’s most  likely gold medal winning prospects – and  they did not disappoint. After the team’s success in Barcelona, Andrew took time off but returned to compete in his last world championships in 1995  before retiring. In honour of his dedication and commitment to their continued success Andrew’s team mates named the boat  that brought a gold at the Atlanta Olympics  – the ‘Andrew Cooper’. After his retirement from rowing Andrew followed his other  great  sporting passion for Australian Rules Football,  displaying his talents as a member of the Old Brighton Grammarians Football  Club. In 1987, Andrew was  awarded the Medal of the Order  of Australia  for his services to rowing.

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