Leah Saunders is a former Vice Captain of Sydney Rowing Club, she joined SRC from Lower Clarence Rowing Club, in 2011. After the National Championships in 2010, she travelled to New Zealand as part of Rowing Australia’s National Talent Identification and Development program, where she was coached by Sydney Rowing Club’s Adam Vine-Hall.
At the National Championships in 2011, Leah placed 4th in the Women’s U19 single scull and won a silver medal in both the U19 double and quad in composite crews from the Northern Rivers of NSW.
Leah then moved to Sydney and joined Sydney Rowing Club in March 2011 to continue her training for National Selection trials. Of her decision to join Sydney, she says “I basically came here because of Adam… I’ll also say that everyone speaks of the Sydney Rowing Club Vibe. It has a really good feel about it – really chilled out, but still and awesome place to hammer yourself. You want to have a group of awesome people around you when you’re smashing it out, and Sydney has an abundance of awesome people”.
Since then, Leah has been selected to compete in the Women’s Quad for Australia at the 2011 Junior World Rowing Championships in Eton, London. In 2013 Leah represented Australia in the Trans-Tasman series against New Zealand winning all her races and helping the team come home with the Rusty Robertson Trophy. In 2014 Leah won titles in the U23 double scull and bronze in the U23 single scull. Leah was also a member of the Queens Cup Interstate eight.
Leah continued her outstanding results in 2015 with two national championship titles in the U23 2X and the U23 4X and again earning a seat in the Queen’s Cup Interstate eight.