Saunders on way to Selection Regatta
Congratulations to Leah Saunders, who has this week been named as a traveling reserve for the Australian Senior A Women’s 8+, just four days before the team is flying out to begin a training camp at the European Training Centre in Varese, Italy.
The short notice, due to sickness and injury in the crew has provided the opportunity for Leah to step up and fulfil the role of reserve. It appears history is repeating itself, as a similar situation last year resulted in Leah replacing a crew member of the under 23 W4x that went on to win a silver medal at the under 23 World Championships in Bulgaria.
There’s no doubt Saunders knows how to slot into a crew and she brings with her a wealth of successful international experience.
As the women’s 8+ is an unqualified boat for the Rio Olympics they will be seeking a top two result at the Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland from the 23rd – 25th May. The event known as the “Regatta of Death” will be a high stakes race for an opportunity to row at the Olympics. Should the crew qualify we will continue to see Leah’s involvement at World Cup Two.
We wish Leah and the crew all the best in their tour and for qualification!