The Saturday of Nationals has always been a big day for Sydney Rowing Club. Our unique talent of jumping into scratch crews – often with incredibly tight turn arounds – to help move up the point score, is one which makes the club truly great.
2019 was no exception. We saw 13 crews featuring SRC athletes take to the water in A Finals, of which 10 brought home medals. Despite this not being reflected by the medal tally, this has brought the point score within striking distance ahead of Sunday’s club events.
The first event of the day brought home our first Gold, with Lily Gavan joining HVGS’s Sarah Abrams, Loretto Kirribilli’s Lily Eales, and St Catherines Amelia Cooper to take an open water win in the U17 W4x+. Sarah and Lily Eales are both SRC members rowing for their schools, and we can’t wait to see what this group of girls can do as they progress through the age groups.
Not long after, Ella Hudson continued her successful regatta, stroking her composite U19 W4x to victory. In the process defending her 2018 title. With just a 40 minute turn around, Ella dropped off her composite mates, and picked up India Thomson, Lauren Lyon, and Crystal Piper to row the U21 W4x. The crew battled the entire way down the course with Swan River Rowing Club, but had to settle for second as the girls from across the Nullarbor pulled away in the closing stages.
Our girls continued their Quadruple Sculling success, when 2017 and 2018 U21 champions Harriet Hudson and Romy Davenport, as well as 2018 champion Crystal Piper, pulled in WARC’s Georgia Patten to help out in securing a silver medal in the U23 W4x.
We had a brief break in medals for the next couple of hours, until our Beefcakes Lauren Graham and Issy Furrer, as well as Harriet Hudson and Cox Hannah Cowap, teamed up with some mates from WA and QLD to show everyone what they could do in the U23 W8+. The crew had a spectacular lead at the 500m mark, and could not be tamed in the rest of the race. They stormed home to an 11 second victory over many of the crews who had defeated them in the Fours on Friday.
In the following race, scratch combination of Tom Galloway, Max Brenner, Torun Olsson, and Chris McCarthy, brought home a Bronze medal, despite having essentially zero warmup. When asked about the race, two seat Torun Olsson commented “We essentially just rocked up caffeinated to the eyeballs, and said lets row good”
Continuing his dominance, Pr3 athlete Ben Gibson then came down the course, along with two of his team mates from last years national crew, to win the Pr3 Mixed Coxed Four in a blistering 7:13. This crew has been training together for the last few months, and we hope their time is a sign of great things to ahead in the coming international season.
Our final medal race of the day was a spectacular sight. The recent introduction of the Open Men’s Eight saw Sydney Rowing Club enter two crews, with the intention of giving some of our working class men a run at the national championships. Fortunately for us, no one else had thought to enter any crews.
As such, we formed two extremely mixed boats. They consisted of NTC members, former Henley Winners, World Champions, Uni Students, and our working class hero’s, and nobody could have asked for a better race. The two crews were locked together the entire way down the course with the lead never exceeding more than half a length. The final time was 5:55.82 with an incredibly narrow margin of just 0.97 seconds. This is what Sydney Rowing Club is all about.
The conclusion of Day 5 see’s Sydney Rowing Club locked in a battle with Sydney University Boat Club for the point score once again. The margin is smaller than one gold in any of the events on offer tomorrow. Sydney will boat a Club Women’s Four and Eight, as well as Men’s Double, Four, and Eight, ahead of seeing 28 athletes compete in the Interstate regatta in the afternoon.
Photos courtesy of Rowing Australia/Delly Carr and Keith Jameson
Day 5 of SIRR presented an opportunity for SRC to pick up a plethora of medals in medium boats, being Fours and Doubles, as well as a chance for our Para athletes to shine. By the early afternoon, SRC was ranked third in the medal tally, a promising position ahead of our big boats and Club events over the weekend.
The morning kicked off with Ella Hudson and Sophia Carmody taking out a Silver in the Women’s Under 19 Double Scull. The crew has had limited opportunities to train together, with Sophia still rowing with Pymble Ladies College, meaning this was a particularly strong result.
In the U21 running of this race, Lauren Lyon rowed with Crystal Piper – who came in as a last minute medical substitution for Issy Jonsson – to take a silver medal. A great result for a scratch crew.
A short time later, after being narrowly edged out by Mosman in the heat, our U21 Men’s Coxed Four of Ash Nicholls, Torun Olson, Oscar Carr-Middleton, and Oscar Olsen – coxed by Harry Keenan – brought home our first National Championship of the day. Harry commented that it was one of the most enjoyable races he had ever coxed. The crew laid down a solid rhythm and led start to finish.
Inspired by her younger sister, Harriet Hudson joined forces with WARC’s Georgia Patten to take out the U23 W2x. In a start to finish lead, this was a commanding performance, and will be a combination to watch in the coming selection trials.
Moving onto the Coxless Fours, Sydney was represented in both the Women’s and Men’s renditions. In the Women’s event, Lauren Graham and Issy Furrer teamed up with Western Australians Lia Franklin and Olivia Jones to stick it to the favourites, SUBC/UTS. The crew threw the kitchen sink at it, however had to settle for Silver in a tight race.
Immediately following, our Men’s crew of Alex Nichol, Harry Crouch, Jackson Kench, and Alex Potter, came up against an incredibly strong field. With the minor positions changing all throughout the race, the boys held off Mercantile by just 0.20 of a second to take the Bronze Medal.
Masters rower Rob McNeil, a former Toowong lighty and coach, jumped back into a crew from his old club, to bring home 1/8th of a Bronze medal for SRC in the OLM8+
In the last few finals of the day, our Para Athletes Ben Gibson and Erik Horrie had their time to shine. Ben had an incredibly tight race in the PR3 M2- with partner James Talbot. The duo fought with rivals from SA for the first 1500m of the race, before pulling away in the closing stages to secure a national championship.
Five-time World Champion Erik Horrie, had the rare opportunity to have international competition on his home course. Facing off against Hong Kong’s Ajmal Victor Samuel, Erik put down an incredibly consistent race to secure another National Championship.
SRC is set to boat 11 crews A Finals tomorrow morning, in what should be a fantastic morning of Quads and Eights racing.
Thankyou to Rowing Australia/Delly Carr for the photos.
The first day of finals for SRC saw 19 crews boat in A Finals for their small boats. Of those 19, 6 came away with medals.
The day opened with certified beef cheek Lily Gavan storming home in the WU17 1x to take a Silver Medal. Having only joined the club at the end of last year, she has worked incredibly hard and it’s great to see it pay off with a medal.
A further congratulations to Sarah Abrams of Hunter Valley Grammar – Lily’s Doubles partner – for taking out Fourth, as well as Lily Eales from Loreto Kirribilli – who will row alongside Lily and Sarah in the WU17 4X+ later in the regatta – On her Gold Medal.
Moving up a few age categories, our Under 21 Pairs shone once again. Party Pair of Issy Furrer and Lauren Graham fought through rivals from Banks to take the lead by the halfway point, and continued on to hold clear water over the field for the remainder of the race.
In the Men’s equivalent, doing it for Queen and Country, Oscar Olsen and Oscar Carr-Middleton were off to a modest start, sitting in 4th at the 1000m mark. However, known for a sprint finish, our pair of Brits wound to the line to come home with a Silver Medal.
Not long after, Harriet Hudson contested the Women’s Under 23 Single, hoping to better her bronze medal performance of 2018. Harriet quickly settled into second in the first half of the race, and held off doubles partner Georgia Patten to hang on to her Silver Medal across the line.
An honourable mention must go to our U23 Pairs of Jackson Kench / Harry Crouch, as well as Alex Potter and Alex Nichol. Their race was one of the closest of the day, with just 1.3 seconds separating 3rd and 6th. Our men were unlucky to be on the wrong side of that battle, with Kench/Crouch placing 6th, and Potter/Nichol 5th. Both crews, however, posted their best times of the season. These men will hopefully be ones to watch over the winter.
Finally, our NTC Men put on a great show in the Open Men’s Pair. The all Sydney combination of Josh Hicks and Sam Hardy were hot on the heels of the race leaders through the middle of the race, however couldn’t match the pace of Spencer Turrin (partnered with Hamish Playfair) in the closing stages. Hicks and Hardy came away with a Bronze, whilst Spencer brought home a Silver Medal.
Today’s results have far exceeded our usual Thursday standing, bring on the fours and doubles on Friday!
Thankyou to Rowing Australia for the photos.
Sydney has had an awesome three days in the preliminary rounds of Nationals 2019, and is set to see 21 crews race in small boat A Finals tomorrow!
The vast majority of our crews avoided racing in Repechages on Tuesday, with the exception of a couple of underweight boats after the weekends wet weather.
See below for the full list of Thursdays crews!
U17 W1x A Final – Lily Gavan, who won both her Heat and Semi Final.
U17 M1x A Final – Michael Campbell
U19 W1x A Final – Ella Hudson, also winning her Heat and coming from behind to row through her main competition, winning her Semi Final.
U19 M1x B Final – Namkhai Stylianou
U21 W1x A Final – Lauren Lyon
U21 M1x A Final – Ash Nicholls and Tom Galloway
B Final – Torun Olsson
U21 W2– A Final – Both pairs of Issy Furrer and Lauren Graham, as well as Crystal Piper and India Thomson saw great races in their Repechage to qualify for the A Final.
U21 M2- A Final – Oscar Olsen and Oscar Carr-Middleton. The British Duo took out their heat in a start to finish win.
U23 W1x A Final – State Champion Harriet Hudson, and Canberra-based Romy Davenport will face a high quality field after cruising through to the Final.
U23 M2- A Final – The combination of Jackson Kench and Harry Crouch saw a vast improvement in the Repechage to qualify, whilst the newly formed duo of Newington Alumnus Alex Nichol and Alex Potter qualified directly for this race
OM1x A Final – David Watts
OW2- A Final – Leah Saunders, paired with WARC’s Hannah Vermeersch had a strong row in their repechage to set them up for a great A Final.
OM2- A Final – Harvard Graduates Josh Hicks and Sam Hardy would be seen as hot contenders for this race. They face off against Spencer Turrin rowing with Hamish Playfair, as well as Angus Moore partnered with Alex Purnell
U21 LW1x A Final – British import, and recent convert to low-calorie rowing, Issy Jonsson, won both her Heat and Semi Final in the lead up to this race.
OLM2- A Final – In a straight match race, Andrew Brown and Chris McCarthy will face State Champions James and Peter Waldersee in their first ever race as a combination.
PR3 M1x A Final – State Champion Ben Gibson will see his first race of the regatta here
Thursday Afternoon will see a break in racing for most of the club, with only our Club Women’s Double Sculls taking to the water.
All the best to all our crews racing, we can’t wait to see you bring it home!
Thankyou to Rowing Australia for the photo.
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SRC has been inundated with selection announcements in the past few weeks, with one of the most significant being the finalisation of State Team Crews to contest the Interstate Regatta at the conclusion of the National Championships on 31st March.
The team was officially announced on March 22nd at the 2019 King’s and Queen’s Cup Lunch, hosted by Rowing NSW at Doltone House – Jones Bay Wharf.
2019 saw 27 SRC athletes and coaches selected to represent their state across 9 out of 12 available events. This includes 23 for NSW, two for Western Australia, and one for South Australia. This number is equal with Adelaide Rowing Club as the highest of any club in the country.
In the Youth events, SRC’s Under 21 Squad represents 13 out of the 20 athletes across the two NSW crews, as well as coaches Franz Imfeld and Lachlan Carter.
We also saw a return to Lightweight Interstate Rowing, when Christopher McCarthy was selected as reserve for the Penrith Cup for NSW
Member of the 2018 Australian PR3 Mixed Coxed Four, Ben Gibson, has continued his domination of the Para Rowing scene, being selected alongside coach Franz Imfeld as NSW’s representative in the PR3 Men’s Single.
Recently the crews to contest the senior eights for NSW were announced, with Leah Saunders and Harriet Hudson chosen once again to race for the Queen’s Cup, as well as Spencer Turrin to defend his title in the King’s Cup crew. The King’s Cup is coached by Donovan Cech and Jason Baker.
Furthermore, Men’s Eight coxswain Kendall Brodie has been announced as one of two coxswains for the King’s Cup, with the final decision to be made in the coming week.
Across the Nullarbor, NTC athletes Josh Hicks and David Watts will contest the King’s Cup for Western Australia. Dave will also be racing in the Men’s Single for the President’s Cup.
Finally, Nathan Bowden has once again been selected in the King’s Cup for South Australia.
We wish all our athletes competing the best of luck as they represent their home states with pride. Please find the full NSW crew lists below.
Men’s Youth Eight – Noel F. Wilkinson Trophy
Harry Crouch (SRC)
Ash Nicholls (SRC)
Jordan Duff (SUBC)
Alex Nichol (SRC)
Torun Olsson (SRC)
Jackson Kench (SRC)
Will O’Shannessy (SUBC)
Alex Potter (SRC)
Cox: Harry Keenan (SRC)
Reserve: Kieran Riach (SUBC)
Coach: Christopher Holliday (SUBC)
Assistant Coach: Franz Imfeld (SRC)
Women’s Youth Eight – Bicentennial Cup
Crystal Piper (SRC)
India Thomson (SRC)
Nikki Martincic (UTS)
Adelaide Scott (UTS)
Raquel Cuevass (SUBC)
Tara Rigney (SUBC)
Lauren Graham (SRC)
Issy Furrer (SRC)
Cox: Hannah Cowap (SRC)
Reserve: Lauren Lyon (SRC)
Coach: Lachlan Carter (SRC)
Assistant Coach: Hally Chapman (UTS)
Men’s Lightweight Four – Penrith Cup
Michael McCrea (UTS)
James Waldersee (UTS)
Sean Murphy (Mosman)
Peter Waldersee (UTS)
Reserve: Christopher McCarthy (SRC)
Coach: Matthias Ungemach (Mosman)
Assistant Coach: Jack Hanley (SUBC)
PR3 Men’s Single Scull
Ben Gibson (SRC)
Coach: Franz Imfeld (SRC)
Men’s Eight – King’s Cup
Rob Black (Mosman)
Jack Hargreaves (SUBC)
James Medway (UTS)
Jack O’Brien (SUBC)
Hamish Playfair (UTS)
Alex Purnell (SUBC)
Nick Purnell (SUBC)
Spencer Turrin (SRC)
Cox: Kendall Brodie (SRC) / William Raven (SUBC)
Reserve: Cameron Girdlestone (SUBC)
Coach: Donovan Cech
Assistant Coach: Jason Baker
Women’s Eight – Queens Cup
Fiona Ewing (SUBC)
Emma Fessey (UTS)
Georgina Gotch (SUBC)
Genevieve Horton (SUBC)
Harriet Hudson (SRC)
Rowena Meredith (SUBC)
Georgie Rowe (UTS)
Leah Saunders (SRC)
Cox: Tahlia Barnett-Hepples (SUBC) / Anna O’Hanlon (UTS)
Coach: Don McLachlan (SUBC)
The newly formed Junior Development program, run by Brendan Longman, saw 11 of it’s athletes compete for their schools at the respective Schoolgirl and Schoolboy Head of the Rivers on 16th and 17th of March.
At the Schoolgirl Head of the River, Sydney was represented by Evie Thomson and Sophia Carmody of Pymble Ladies College, who had an incredibly tight race which was decided by a photo finish. The duo came away with a second place in the Schoolgirl First Eight, setting up for a great battle at the upcoming National Championships.
On the sculling side of things, Freya Neville and Isabella Scammell, competing for Kinross Wolaroi, took out a Gold Medal in the Schoolgirl First Quad Scull.
SRC Affiliate Elizabeth Carter – who joined us for our January training camp in the Snowy Mountains – took out the Schoolgirl Double Scull for Newcastle Grammar School.
Novices Talsia Knoke-Driver and Sophie Brennan must be commended on their efforts in coming 4th and 8th respectively in the Year 8 Single Scull. Having only been rowing for a couple of months, it was great to see them make the A Final in an event with almost 20 entries.
Ahead of competing for Sydney in the U17 W2x next week at the National Championships, Hunter Valley Grammar School sculler Sarah Abrams took out a Bronze medal in a competitive Schoolgirl Single Scull field. This meant that SRC was featured in all four Schoolgirl Sculling events on the day.
The following day, at The Schoolboy Head of the River, SRC saw a number of impressive performances across a number of small boats.
After a difficult heat, Namkhai Stylianou brought home a Silver medal, battling it out to the line and edging out over Bronze by less than a second.
In the Year 10 equivalent, Gabe Carmody was determined to one-up his sister Sophia’s performance of the day before. He accomplished this with ease, racing for Knox Grammar, Gabe brought home the Gold Medal by 8 seconds, leading start to finish.
In the afternoon’s racing, Newington’s Lachlan Rennie raced the Schoolboy Double Scull, and despite leading from the start, losing an oar in the last 100 metres and transitioning to sweep rowing meant the crew had to settle for Third.
It is great to see our athletes taking what they have learnt at the club, and making improvements within their school programs. If you are at all interested in joining the club whilst you are still at school, our Junior program is constantly taking on new members. Please contact Brendan Longman through the contact form here.
Following a week of gruelling small boat racing, seat racing, and speed orders at SIRC, Rowing Australia, on 16th March, announced nine SRC athletes and one coach in the Senior A Team to contest World Cup’s 2 and 3 in June and July 2019.
The men’s sweep boats were tightly contested in the speed orders, fast conditions meant some seriously impressive results, however Rowing Australia has made the decision to announce a squad of 16, with the final composition of the reserves, pair, four, and eight to be announced in the next month.
The squad includes dual World Champions Spencer Turrin and Josh Hicks, reigning Silver Medallist Angus Moore as well recent Harvard graduate Sam Hardy who makes his senior team debut. Coxswain Kendall Brodie was retained in the M8+ for the 2019 season.
Western Australian David Watts has continued his success since joining the club. After claiming a Silver Medal at last year’s World Championships, Dave has once again been named in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls. The crew is mostly unchanged, with only one change since 2018 we hope to see great results from this crew.
The Women’s Sweep Squad was selected in a similar fashion to the Men’s, with a group of 16 athletes named – and final compositions to be determined in the coming weeks. SRC’s Leah Saunders continues her one-oared success with the naming in this squad.
SRC has continued it’s representation in international Para-Rowing. Erik Horrie has once again been named in the PR1 M1x alongside coach Jason Baker, in an attempt to secure a 6th World Title.
Ben Gibson has also been named in the PR3 squad for the Mixed 4+, with a final crew to be named before the 2019 FISA International Para-Rowing Regatta in Gavirate, Italy in May.
We are incredibly proud to have the second largest representation on the Senior A Team, and look forward to seeing the final crew announcements, as well as some SRC spirit laid down in Europe this year!
The entire team announcements can be found below:
The annual Riverview Gold Cup regatta is one which is held in high esteem at Sydney Rowing Club. It is often a chance for club members to contest a choppy, 1400m dogleg course in combinations often outside of their typical age and weight categories.
2019 was no exception, with the regatta presenting wind, rain, and plenty of wash from spectator vessels, our athletes had to draw on their years of experience rowing in the wash of Hen and Chicken Bay to prevail over their competition in 5 out of 7 events entered.
The day kicked off with our Men’s B Grade 4+, who battled fast conditions and strong opposition from Mosman and Sydney University to come 3rd, having drawn the outside lane.
Our girls equivalent followed immediately after. The girls, expecting a match race between rivals SUBC, arrived to the start line to find that their opposition had unfortunately scratched, leaving them to row over the course to collect their Silver Oars. Crystal Piper described the race as “Like rowing next to a river cat for 1400m, only worse”. A classic Gold Cup race.
After both our Men’s and Women’s eights took out their heats comfortably, both B grade quads took to the course in conditions which were noted as being rough even for the infamous Lane Cove course.
Our girls – featuring juniors Niamh Graham and Lily Gavan, as well as U21’s Lauren Lyon and India Thomson – were lucky enough to draw lane 2, allowing them to turn on the inside half of the course, and still start slightly ahead of their main competition Sydney University. The Beefcakes were in the lead before the turn, and steered a near perfect line to take the win by 9 seconds.
Our men’s crew, steered by U21 Tom Galloway, and backed up by senior athlete Dylan Boakes, as well as lightweights Chris McCarthy and Andrew Brown, competed in a full 5 lane final. They were drawn in lane 4, meaning they would need to maintain the lead given to them at the start, to ensure they could take an optimal line around the outside of the corner.
Following their plan to a letter, the boys were half a length ahead of a strong Mosman crew at the turn, and took a sharp line to afford them a straight shot at the finish as early as possible. Unfortunately for Mosman, their line left them rowing in the SRC crew’s wash, forcing a crab just before the line to allow our Men to take the win. A first at the Regatta for the two lightweights, and continuing a long history of success for Boakes and Galloway at Lane Cove.
A special mention must go out to our Masters eight, who shortly after the quads defended their title with a clear water win, 14 seconds over Mosman who started with a 7 second handicap. This was the second of three wins on Saturday for cox Scotty Trayhurn, who regularly coxes the Masters, but being a club legend – offered his talents to the Women’s Four and Eight whilst Hannah Cowap raced for her school.
The Men’s and Women’s Open Eights are held at the conclusion of the days racing, and spectators on the bank were treated to two fantastic races.
The Women were first. Being fastest qualifiers they drew Lane 1, meaning they would start almost a length behind the competition. unfazed by this they broke almost two lengths clear of the field, including reigning champions Sydney University, before they had even reached the corner. The girls charged home to 6 second win, marking the first ever win for Sydney in this event, as well as the first ever Gold Cup win for many of the crew.
In the Men’s Eight, our gents were keen to get a win after the disappointment of being made to re row the race last year. However, after cruising through the heat they were drawn in Lane 4, on the outside. This meant that they were unable to secure an efficient line around the corner. Despite an incredible charge for the line, our U23 boys were unlucky to be taken down by Uni by just 0.43 of a second.
SRC would like to thank St Ignatius College, Riverview, for superb the running of the regatta. It is always an enjoyable one, and a highlight of the NSW calendar. We would also like to thank all our competition on the day, especially Mosman Rowing Club and Sydney University Boat Club, for keeping us honest and providing thrilling racing.
After showing promising results at the 2019 Small Boats regatta, there was an air of anticipation about the club in the weeks leading in to State Champs this year, athletes had been keeping in touch with their small boat skills, begun developing some dangerous boat speed in new crew boat combinations, and spent more money at the Penrith sandwich shop than a seafood raffle could cover…
The anticipation was soon relieved, and in spectacular style. SRC came away from the weekend with 14.75 Gold medals to our name – more than twice that of any other club. This was the first time we’ve won the Medal tally since 2002. President Keith Jameson commented on how he could barely keep up taking photos of all our medallists.
Day one saw temperatures under 30 degrees with a perfect tailwind for fast times, and it wasn’t long before we saw some. Harriet Hudson stormed home in a 7:36 in the U23 W1x, a huge PB which is sure to turn heads throughout the rowing community. The following day Harriet backed up with a strong win over an international class field to retain her 2018 state title
On Saturday morning, our Senior A athletes shone, with David Watts taking Bronze in a blistering ME1x field, before the all Sydney combination of Josh Hicks and Sam Hardy took a Bronze in the ME2- behind Spencer in Silver.
The U21 Men’s and Women’s eights are perhaps two of the most exciting events of the regatta, if not the entire season. For many, it’s their first chance to race 2km in an eight since school, and our men and women were bursting at the seams to show what they could lay down in sky blue.
This year saw the first time we had ever fielded a WU21 8+, and didn’t they impress. The girls led the race through the 1km, constantly battling with the crew from “Toowong”. A gold was not to be however, with the Beefcakes picking up a bronze, finishing narrowly behind a Mercantile crew who dominated them at Head of the Yarra last year, and the QLD youth eight who took Gold.
This result is hugely promising for the four girls in this crew (Furrer, Graham, Piper, Thomson) who are likely to be representing NSW for the Bicentennial Cup at the Interstate regatta next month.
Our Men’s crew, under the watchful eye of coach Franz Imfeld, have been targeting this event for months, and were keen to get up over rivals Sydney University, who got one over them last year. The heat proved that the strongest threat was from MUBC, Franz’s former club, who took out the fastest qualifying spot in the heat.
Our boys however didn’t let that faze them, after a quick cuddle between pair partners in the ice baths, the yewthies were back on the water for the final, raring to go. They knew they couldn’t let anyone get the slip on them out of the blocks like in the heat.
Despite an incredible last 250 from MUBC, Sydney’s wattage in the middle of the race had left them with an unassailable lead. Stroke man and former 3 seat Alex Potter was quoted as saying, “You know, I got to the 1k and I look across and I think ‘I have the legs’ and so I went and they didn’t have the legs so I won, its great you know”.
The last time Sydney Rowing Club won the U21 M8+ was in 1998, when the crew contained club legends James Chapman, Nick Baxter, and Glenn Bates. This is a huge achievement, and will hopefully not be the last eight’s trophy these men take home this season.
Saturday finished off with a pair of Golds for our U17 Double sculls, seeing Lily Gavan and Sarah Abrams team up to take the women’s event, followed by Michael Campbell and Gordon Appelcryn taking out the Men’s equivalent.
This was the first of a slew of medals for Brenda’s junior program.
Sunday kicked off with Jackson Kench and Harry Crouch taking out their heat, and backing up to place 5th in the final of the U23 M2-. Given the field included numerous international medallists, and Jackson and Harry have only been together about 6 weeks, this was a fantastic result.
In the Women’s running of this category, ‘Party Pair’ Issy Furrer and Lauren Graham took 4th, again a promising result racing up an age group.
The highlight of Sunday morning had to be our senior NTC men – joined by Hamish McDonald, Alex Potter, and Alex Nichol – bringing the Q.L. Deloitte trophy in the Elite Men’s Eight. This was the maiden row for our new eight, coincidentally also named the Q.L. Deloitte, huge power move.
After a barrage of medals in both U21 pairs, both the U21 and U23 women’s doubles, both U21 quads, as well as the U17 singles, we came to the last event of the day. The Women’s Elite Quad. Sydney were champions in this event in 2018, when they crew of Romy Davenport, Leah Saunders, Lauren Lyon, and Harriet Hudson, stormed passed Mercantile after they caught a crab in choppy conditions just before the line.
In 2019, defending their title, our girls had the daunting task of taking on Sydney Uni’s elite women, all of whom had a wealth of international experience and medals to their names.
By the halfway mark, SUBC had a lead of nine seconds, things were not looking good. However, at the 1500m mark bow seat Lauren Lyon could hear the leaders getting closer, bewildered, she looked around to find that they had broken an oar in the rough tailwind. And so, in the spirit of Steven Bradbury who 17 years and 2 days earlier took home Australia’s first ever winter Olympic Gold Medal, Sydney Rowing Club charged home to defend their title in the WE4x. True Australian heroes.
Despite having taken out the nationals a few times recently, NSW State Champs has always been a tough one for the club. This being the first time we have won the point score since 2001 leaves Sydney in one of the best positions moving towards nationals that we have ever been in.