While living on campus at the University of Sydney, a student suggested to Jo Burnand that she become involved in rowing – small and bossy, they thought she was perfectly suited to the role of coxswain.

Jo joined the university rowing team and quickly developed a true passion for the sport. She made her Australian team debut in 1986 and was awarded an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship the following year.

Having put her career on hold to have a family, Jo returned to rowing in 2004 when she represented New South Wales at the Queens Cup.

A friend of two-time Paralympic cyclist Lindy Howell, Jo says she was honoured when Australian Para-rowing head coach Gordon Marcks asked her to be coxswain of their mixed coxed four team.

She combined with Brock Ingram, Davinia Lefroy, Jeremy McGrath and Kathleen Murdoch to win the 2016 Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta in Gavirate, …

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Date of birth
4 April 1962
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Weetangera, ACT
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Being selected as coxswain in the mixed coxed four team

Greatest sporting moments

Watching her 16-year-old son play basketball

Heroes/role models

Her husband Craig Muller and her children


  • Sport: Para-rowing Discipline: Mixed coxed four Classification: Coxswain

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