Scott Laidler has been a member of the Australian rowing team since 2008. He is a proud North Queensland Cowboys supporter who has represented Australia in sculling and sweep crews. This is what he had to say:
How many years have you been rowing?
I've been rowing for 12 years now. I was originally brought into the sport as a coxswain.
Where are you from and what club and state do you row for?
I'm originally from Longreach (the heart of Queensland). I row for Dutton Park Rowing Club and of course Queensland - the smart state!
If you weren't rowing, what would you be doing?
I would probably be knocking up house frames each week, driving around in my V8 cruiser with my Rhodesian ridgeback (Rufus) in the back.
Who is your role model and why?
My role models would have to be my parents. They both are hard workers and get on with the job at hand. Dealing with drought for almost their entire lives, they've been knocked over repeatedly and continue to get back up. Perseverance and resilience - all attributes that are necessary in a sport such as rowing.
What things do you not like?
I don't like arrogance, so that basically rules out the British men's team!
If you could change one thing about rowing, what would it be?
Swap the ratio of training and racing. For the amount of training we do, we don't get many races.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I have a teddy bear named Rufus. I can't get a dog yet so I have a fake one.