Whilst the Olympic team in 1988 had more than its fair share of controversy, the women's lightweight four also had more than they would have liked. Virginia Lee was originally selected in this crew but was forced to withdraw. She has since made a comeback in 1992 with a gold in the women's lightweight four.
Following the weight problems in the 1987 team, strict new requirements on achieving weight prior to departure for overseas were introduced. The women's lightweight four failed to make weight at the appointed time and were withdrawn from the team.
Following a successful appeal to councillors the crew was reinstated. At the Championships they were advised that as there were only five entries in their event it was to be a first and final. The wait was agonising but due to a pre race collision with Britain on the day of the finals they had their wait extended for two hours for repairs.
Fortunately for them, their endeavours were rewarded in a great race with China. The Chinese showed their technique and awesome strength at the 1500m mark when they powered past Australia. The Chinese performance was a great result for the development of the sport in Asia and for the lightweight movement.
The men's lightweight four rowed the race of their lives in the semi final rowing down the Swedes to earn their place in the final. They battled well in the final but finished sixth. The crew had improved markedly during the last part of their preparation. Despite ARC requirements that all team members return to Australia within two weeks of the finals David Power defied the ruling and had his ticket cancelled.
Women's Lightweight Single Scull
Final B: 7th SUI, 8th YUG, 9th GBR, 10th CAN, 11th SWE, 12th POR
Final: 1st USA, 2nd FRG, 3rd ROM, 4th NZL, 5th ITA, 6th NOR
Women's Lightweight Double Scull
Final B: 7th USA, 8th SUI,
Final: 1st NED, 2nd FRA, 3rd GBR, 4th CAN, 5th FRG, 6th CHN
Women's Lightweight Four
Final: 1st CHN, 2nd AUS, 3rd FRG, 4th USA, 5th GBR
This was the first FISA gold medal won by China.
Men's Lightweight Four—Sixth
Bow: David Power (QLD)
2: Rod Birt (QLD)
3: Bruce Hick (ACT)
Str: Derek Mollison (ACT)
Cch: Jack Hutchinson (QLD)
Res: Rod Birt (QLD)
Men's Lightweight Single Scull—Eliminated in repechage
Lynton Hudson (QLD)
Cch: Jack Hutchinson (QLD)
Women's Lightweight Four—Silver
Bow: Brigid Cassells (ACT)
2: Leeanne Whitehouse (VIC)
3: Marina Cade (VIC)
Str: Justine Carroll (NSW)
Cch: Barbara Gillett (VIC)
Res: Sue Donoghue (ACT)
Manager: Robin Poke (ACT)
Doctor: David Coles (ACT)
Selectors: William Hay - Chairman (SA), Don Croot (NSW), Simon Gillett (VIC), Reinhold Batschi (ACT)
Jury: James Harvey (VIC) emergency
Men's Lightweight Single Scull
Final B: 7th BUL, 8th GBR, 9th AUT, 10th NZL, 11th HUN, 12th SWE
Final: 1st FRG, 2nd NED, 3rd ITA, 4th POR, 5th CAN, 6th USA
Men's Lightweight Double Scull
Final B: 7th NOR, 8th DEN, 9th GBR, 10th POR, 11th CAN, 12th SWE
Final: 1st ITA, 2nd FRG, 3rd NED, 4th AUT, 5th FRA, 6th ESP
Men's Lightweight Four
Final B: 7th SUI, 8th ESP, 9th FIN, 10th DEN, 11th SWE, 12th ARG
Final: 1st ITA, 2nd GBR, 3rd FRG, 4th Fra, 5th AUT, 6th AUS
Men's Lightweight Eight
Final B: 7th FRA, 8th GBR, 9th ESP, 10th IRL
Final: 1st ITA, 2nd USA, 3rd DEN, 4th FRG, 5th NZL, 6th NED