Training for a marathon with teammate Fiona Albert, Lucy Stephan got the call up for the Rio 2016 Games where she made Olympic debut in the women’s eight. The crew had only two weeks to prepare for their Olympic campaign, after the Russian boat was banned from competing at the Games. In their first heat, the Aussies flew out of the start in a bid to chase down favourite USA, as well as Netherlands and Romania.
The crew of Fiona Albert, Jessica Morrison, Alexandra Hagan, Meaghan Volker, Molly Goodman, Olympia Aldersey, Lucy Stephan, Charlotte Sutherland and coxswain Sarah Banting made a competitive start however with limited race preparation managed a fourth place finish. The boat required a top four finish in the repechage to qualify for the A-final. As they approached the final 500 metres, the top four crews pulled ahead and the Australians were left to finish fifth in what was a valiant effort for a crew that had only been training together for 10 days.
She won a silver medal at the 2012 U23 World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania in the women’s four. She then went on to win silver at the 2013 World Cup in Lucerne and gold in the women’s four at the U23 World Championships in Linz, Austria.
Stephan has rowed in Australia’s Women’s Eight in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Lucy is studying a Bachelor of Secondary Teaching/Art.