11 Aussie crews prepare for World Rowing Cup 2
16 June 2017
ROWING: The 2017 Australian Rowing Team will take to the water this weekend to compete at World Rowing Cup 2 in Poznan, Poland. A total of 11 Australian crews will race over the course of the 39-country event that will run from Friday 16 June to Sunday 19 June.
The event will be the first international competition for the team this year which includes 2016 Olympic silver medallist Alex Hill plus Olympians David Watts, Spencer Turrin, Madeleine Edmunds, Olympia Aldersey, Molly Goodman and Lucy Stephan.
Rowing Australia Performance Director, Bernard Savage commented: “This weekend’s event is the start of Australia’s international season and the first competition for us as we begin this new Olympic and Paralympic cycle.
“This is a young team that will develop over the coming years and we are looking forward to seeing how they perform both here, and in Lucerne next month, before the season culminates at the World Rowing Championships in Florida in September.
"The crews have had good preparation both in Australia and also at the AIS European Training Centre in Italy, so I am sure we will see some competitive racing this weekend.”
Amongst the 11 crews competing at World Rowing Cup 2 are plenty of fresh faces who have come through Australia’s underage teams.
The Men’s Double Scull includes Olympian David Watts, who is joined by 2016 U23 World Champion in the Men’s Quadruple Scull, Luke Letcher. Meanwhile, the Women’s Quadruple Scull of Leah Saunders, Genevieve Horton, Rowena Meredith and Caitlin Cronin can count a number of underage medals between them, while Olympian Horton is among the most experienced in this young crew.
The Men’s Four includes some familiar faces, with 2016 Olympic silver medallist, Alex Hill, in stroke seat, while he is joined by Olympian Spencer Turrin, Olympic reserve Joshua Hicks and U23 World Champion silver medallist, Jack Hargreaves. There should be some exciting racing amongst this boat class, with a new look Great Britain crew entered, along with crews from five other countries.
The Women’s Four was recently added as an Olympic boat class by the International Olympic Committee, making rowing a gender equal sport at the Olympic Games moving forward. Australia’s Women’s Four for this event includes Olympians Lucy Stephan and Molly Goodman, along with U23 Women’s Pair bronze medallist Katrina Werry and Sarah Hawe, the latter two making their senior team debuts.
Hawe and Goodman will also combine to race the Women’s Pair for an extra racing opportunity, while Simon Keenan and Hamish Playfair, both named as reserves, will also race in the Men’s Pair.
The Women’s Double Scull features two experienced members of the team, Maddie Edmunds and Olympia Aldersey. The first-time Olympians both competed at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in different boat classes, and will combine in the Double Scull this weekend. However, the pair are no strangers to racing together, having won gold together at the 2012 U23 World Rowing Championships in the Women’s Quadruple Scull.
With no Lightweight Quadruple Sculls events at this World Rowing Cup, the Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Scull has divided into two Lightweight Doubles, with Alice Arch combining with Georgia Miansarow, while Georgia Nesbitt and Amy James will race the other double.
The Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Scull, will race this weekend in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls. The crew has a medical substitution, with Redmond Matthews replaced by Cameron Fowler. Fowler will race with Hamish Parry, James Kerr and Sean Murphy on the Jezioro Maltańskie course.
Finally, the new look Men’s Eight sees plenty of U23 Australian Rowing Team athletes stepping into the big boat. 2014 U23 World Champion silver medallists in this boat class, Tim Masters and Ben Coombs, are joined by Darcy Wruck, Nathan Bowden, Angus Widdicombe, Campbell Watts, Alex Purnell and the experienced Angus Moore. The crew is coxed by senior team debutant, James Rook. With only five crews entered in this boat class, the crew will compete in an Exhibition Race on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s finals.
Daily results can be tracked via World Rowing, while they will live-stream the A-finals from 18:35 AEST on Sunday 19 June.