Quick Facts

Weetangera, ACT
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

Her husband, Olympic rower Craig Muller and her children

Career Highlights

Being selected as the coxswain for the LTA Mixed Coxed Four

Greatest Moment

Watching her 16 year old son play basketball


It was while she was living in a women’s college at the University of Sydney that Josephine Burnand first became involved in rowing. A fellow student noted that she was small and bossy and would make a good coxswain.

Soon after joining the university rowing team, she developed a true passion for the sport and made her debut in the Australian Team in the 1986 Under 23 Team. Jo continued to be involved in rowing, and was awarded a scholarship at the AIS where she continued to train and compete.

Having moved in and out of the elite rowing program at the AIS for many years, Jo put her career on hold to have a family. In 2004, she reignited her passion for rowing when she competed at the Queens Cup for her home state, NSW and has not looked back since.

Following her return to sport, Australian Senior Para-rowing coach Gordon Marcks approached her to see if she would be interested in taking up the position of coxswain for the up-and-coming LTA Mixed Coxed Four boat class.

As a friend of two-time Paralympic cyclist Lindy Howell, Jo was familiar with Paralympic sport and was honoured to take on the responsibility.

Jo achieved history with the Australian crew in 2016 when they qualified their boat for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta in Italy. It will be the first time Australia has been represented in this boat class at the Games.

With a strong background in rowing, Jo’s family have been instrumental in supporting her as she works towards the Rio. Her husband, 1984 Olympic rower Craig Muller understands the commitments of elite level sport and trains with her at Mosman Rowing Club.

As a long time athlete, Jo no longer has any superstitions around competing but sticks to her pre-competition routine of meditating.

When Jo isn’t working or training on the water on the water, she enjoys spending time with her three children, Thomas, Angus, and Lucy, attending their sports games, as well as bushwalking, camping.

A doctor with two Bachelors degrees in social work and medicine as well as a Masters in public health, she hopes that in 10 years’ time, she will still be working in the medical field, and still be rowing.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Rowing Disciplines: LTA Mixed Coxed Four Classification: Coxswain