Author Robin Poke

Robin Poke AM

Co-Editor, with Kevin Berry, of Olympic Gold

Robin Poke is a Canberra author, journalist and sports historian who has had a lifelong involvement in sport and sports administration.

His particular passions are rowing and the Olympic movement. Robin founded the Australian Rowing magazine in 1978 and is the author of Peter Antonie Out of His Shell (Walla Walla Press, 2007), an acclaimed biography of one of Australia’s greatest oarsmen and scullers. He held media liaison positions with the Australian Team at three Olympic Games—Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004—and is now president of the ACT Olympic Council. Olympic Gold, his second book, is a tribute to each of Australia’s 74 individual Olympic gold medallists.


Robin has a master’s degree in sports studies from the University of Canberra, where he has lectured and tutored in journalism and sports studies. In 2008 he was inducted as a member of the university’s distinguished alumni for his community involvement and achievements in sporting communication. He is also a Visiting Associate of the Australian Centre for Olympic Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, and a member of both the Australian Society for Sports History and the International Society for Olympic History. He is presently undertaking a PhD with a view to publishing a history of Australian rowing.

While head of Sport at Capital Television, Canberra, Robin established the ACT Sportstar awards, and was also involved for several years in the National Library’s Sport Oral History Program.  In recognition of his involvement in the Canberra community Robin was in 2011 a finalist in the ACT Senior Australian of the Year awards.

Robin was awarded an AM in the Australia Day Honours List in 2013 for services to rowing and the Australian Olympic movement.

Robin, who is vision impaired, is also on the board of Retina Australia, which raises funds for research into retinal dystrophies.