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Junior Australian Rowing Team row into Rio de Janeiro

2015 World Rowing Junior Championships begin on 5 August

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The Junior Australian Rowing Team will begin its international campaign this week when it competes at the 2015 World Rowing Junior Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The regatta, which runs from 5 to 9 August, is a test event for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Australia will be represented in six junior boat classes at the event namely in the Men’s Single Scull, Men’s Coxed Four, Men’s Coxless Four, Women’s Coxless Four, Women’s Double Scull and Women’s Coxed Eight.

Four athletes from last year’s Junior Australian Rowing Team have returned to the side in the form of Bridget Badenoch (JW2x), Jacqueline Hart, Chloe Betts (both JW8+) and 2014 bronze medallist Adam Bakker. Bakker who finished third in the Junior Men’s Double Scull at last year’s Junior World Rowing Championships will this year be competing in the single scull.

“It’s great to once again to have been named in the Junior Australian Rowing Team. Last year I was lucky enough to take home a medal in the Men’s Double, and I hope I can once again finish on the podium.

“It’s fantastic to be competing in the Men’s Single and to be doing it on the course in Rio de Janeiro is going to be awesome. To not only be representing Australia at the World Rowing Junior Championships, but also at an event that is the test event for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, is a real honour. Hopefully I can take home some racing tips for our Seniors!”

The Junior Australian Rowing Team is one of 54 countries to have entered to compete at the event being held on Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Ipanema Beach in Rio. As previously mentioned, the regatta will be a test event for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, which means that all features of running an Olympic regatta will be tested including the regatta course, race filming, timing systems and results distribution.

The crews arrived in Rio de Janeiro on 27 July giving them plenty of preparation time ahead of the regatta.

Head Coach and Deputy Performance Director, Jaime Fernandez said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Australia’s junior rowers to compete on a global stage. The regatta will provide competitive racing conditions that some of our team would never have experienced and we are hopeful of some great results in Brazil.

“The atmosphere in the lead-up to the event has been great, with a number of other sports in Rio with their athletes competing in test events. Between training and recovery we’ve been out showing our support to all the Australians in town.”

The Official Event hashtag is #WRJChamps, while the official Australia Rowing Team hashtag is #ARTeam.

2015 Junior Australian Rowing Team for the World Rowing Junior Championships

Junior Men’s Single Scull (JM1x)
Adam Bakker (QLD – Nudgee College/ Commercial RC)
Coach: John Bowes (QLD – Nudgee College)

Junior Men’s Coxed Four (JM4+)
Thomas Barnes (NSW – Sydney RC)
Henry Kamp (NSW – Sydney RC)
Hamish McDonald (NSW – Sydney RC)
Toby Starkey (NSW – Sydney RC)
Benjamin Doyle – Coxswain (NSW – Sydney RC)
Coaches: Robert Williams (NSW – Sydney RC) and Jason Baker (NSW – Sydney RC – Mentor Coach (non-travelling))

Junior Men’s Coxless Four (JM4-)
Angus Morrison (QLD – Toowong RC)
Thomas Davidson (QLD – Toowong RC)
Thomas Franey (QLD – Toowong RC)
Callum Chisholm (QLD – Toowong RC)
Coach: Paul Pettigrew (QLD – Toowong RC)

Junior Women’s Coxless Four (JW4-)
Charlotte Medway (NSW – Mosman RC)
Madeleine Southall (QLD – University of Queensland BC)
Josephine Theile (QLD – University of Queensland BC)
Lily Alton-Triggs (QLD – University of Queensland BC)
Coach: Edward Draydon (QLD – University of Queensland BC)

Junior Women’s Double Scull (JW2x)
Bridget Badenoch (SA – Adelaide University BC)
Georgia Wheeler (WA – Swan River RC)
Coach: Jarrad Schar (SA – South Australian Institute of Sport)

Junior Women’s Coxed Eight (JW8+)
Annika Hoffmann – (VIC – Kardinia International College/Barwon RC)
Chloe Betts (VIC – Melbourne Girls College RC / Melbourne University BC)
Maddison Brown (VIC – Geelong Grammar School)
Sasha Culley (VIC – Geelong Grammar School)
Bridgette Hardy (VIC – Geelong Grammar School)
Jacqueline Hart (VIC – Loreto Toorak Rowing)
Kirsten Tregove-Green (VIC – Geelong Grammar School)
Sarah Harte (VIC – Geelong Grammar School)

Alexis Hancock – coxswain (VIC – Methodist Ladies College)
Coach: Annabelle Eaton (VIC – Melbourne University BC)
Development Coach: John Saunders (VIC – Mercantile RC)