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Crews look to replicate 2014 results at 2015 Sydney International Rowing Regatta

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Event runs from 23 to 29 March at the Sydney International Regatta Centre; Fox Sports 4 to broadcast 2015 King’s and Queen’s Cup Interstate Regatta LIVE

The 2015 Sydney International Rowing Regatta features the Australian Open Rowing Championships and the Australian Open Schools Championships. The two events see athletes from across the country flock to the Sydney International Regatta Centre to be crowned the best in the country in their respective boat classes.

This year, Fox Sports will once again broadcast the King’s and Queen’s Cups Interstate Regatta. The 2015 event will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 4 from 11am AEDT on Sunday 29 March.

Last year, one of the event highlights was 2013 World Rowing Champion Kim Crow winning not only the Open Women’s Single Scull and the Open Women’s Double Scull. Crow won with fellow London 2012 Olympian Phoebe Stanley in the Double, however Crow will this year attempt to defend her doubles title with her new partner New South Wales’ Georgia Miansarow in the boat with her.

In the Men’s Pair it was Josh Dunkley-Smith and Fergus Pragnell who won the Open event last year. With the Victorian Institute of Sport duo racing together again at this year’s event, they will face strong challenges to their title potentially from the likes of  Alex Lloyd and Spencer Turrin who have all been training hard at the National Training Centre in Canberra.

Meanwhile, the recently selected Australian Men’s Pair of Nick Wheatley and Jack Hargreaves, both from New South Wales, will be looking to score their first senior medal at the event. The duo, who won gold in the U23 Men’s Pair in 2014 and late last year also claimed silver in the same event while representing Australia at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Varese, are racing in the Open Men’s Coxless Four alongside Kit Cunningham-Reid and Pragnell.

Genevieve Horton and Jessie Allen, who won gold in the U23 Women’s Pair at the 2014 Australian Open Rowing Championships and bronze at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Varese will be racing again this year. Horton and Allen may not be partnered up in the pair, but spectators can be sure that with Allen racing in the U23 event again this year, this time with Georgie Gotch, that an exciting and powerful race will ensue.

Horton meanwhile will feature in the Open Women’s Coxed Eight for Mosman Rowing Club and then again in the U23 Women’s Quadruple Scull alongside, Allen, Gotch and Rowena Meredith.

Kim Crow will be in action over the week racing for Melbourne University Boat Club

2013 World Rowing Champion and Olympic medallist Kim Crow will be in action over the week racing for Melbourne University Boat Club

The Open rowing events will also see a five international crews looking to challenge the Australians on their home turf in various races, with entries coming from Vanuatu, Singapore, Indonesia, The People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong.

A number of the U19 rowers will be stepping into the U23 category this year in a bid to continue their medal winning ways. In the 2014 U19 Men’s Single Scull, Tom Schramko, Adam Bakker and Tyron Boorman all finished within a second of each of other for podium positions and ultimately represented Australia at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Hamburg.

The trio will feature in 2015, however this time Schramko and Boorman will compete in the U23 category, alongside 18 other entrants. The duo will not only be looking to replicate last year’s performances but also potentially gain an invitation to selection trials for the U23 Australian Rowing Team which will travel to Plovdiv in Bulgaria later in the year, while Bakker is entered in the U19 Men’s Single Scull competition.

Looking to the school racing, there will no doubt be some highly competitive racing from all the schools involved in the Australian Open Schools Championships.

In 2014, The Friends School from Tasmania won the inaugural Schoolgirl’s U17 Eight and while the team is not defending its title, there are 15 schools entered into the 2015 race looking to snap up the title.

There will be fierce competition in the Schoolgirl’s and Schoolboy’s Eights once again this year with a number of schools looking to gain revenge on last year’s respective title winners of Loreto College-Toorak (who won the Schoolgirl’s Coxed Eight) and The Shore School from Sydney (who won the Schoolboy’s Coxed Eight).

In the Schoolgirl’s race, Loreto College-Toorak beat off Geelong Grammar School and Genazzano FJC to claim the gold in 2014, and with both schools returning to the competition this year, the race could prove to be a tight one with old scores to settle.

Meanwhile, 2013 Schoolboy’s Eight Champions, Melbourne’s Scotch College, will be eyeing off The Shore School in an attempt to regain the title, and to stop the Sydney locals from retaining the trophy on home turf for a second year running.

Entries for the events can be viewed here.

Spectators at the event will be treated to a showcase of some of the best Australian rowing and para-rowing, across the Australian Open Rowing Championships, Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships and the King’s and Queen’s Cup Interstate Regatta.

Notes to Editors:

Media who may wish to cover the event in March, should email Lucy Benjamin about media accreditation on [email protected]

Tickets for SIRR 2015 are available now on www.ticketek.com, by calling 132 849 or via any Ticketek agent.