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Rowing Australia announces The Sarah Tait Memorial Trophy

Trophy will be awarded to the Open Women’s Coxless Pair Champions of Australia from 2017; Replaces the Carlton and United Breweries Plate

Rowing Australia announced today, at the 2016 Sydney International Rowing Regatta, that from 2017 onwards the Open Women’s Coxless Pair Champions of Australia will awarded The Sarah Tait Memorial Trophy. The current trophy, the Carlton and United Breweries Plate, will be retired at the conclusion of this year’s National Championships.

The late Sarah Tait represented Australia at three Olympic Games, claiming a silver medal at London 2012 in the Women’s Coxless Pair, and was named the Champion of Australia in the Open Women’s Coxless Pair on three occasions – 2005, 2011 and 2012.

On announcing the new trophy and retirement of the Carlton and United Breweries Plate, Rowing Australia President Rob Scott said: “Sarah competed and coached at the Australian National Championships for many years and it seemed only appropriate that her contribution to the sport of rowing be acknowledged in the creation of a new trophy for an event she was synonymous with in our sport.

“At the conclusion of this year’s event, the Carlton and United Breweries Plate will be retired and we will work with Sarah’s family to create a new trophy for Women’s Coxless Pair Champions of Australia. Sarah gave so much to Australian rowing, she was an exceptional role model and will go down in the annals of Australian Rowing history and we are extremely proud to be able to recognise this contribution by renaming a trophy in her honour.”

Sarah’s husband Bill, and daughter Leila, attended SIRR 2016 today to hear the announcement and Mr Tait said the family was extremely proud to see Sarah paid tribute to at an event she competed in many times.

“As a family we are deeply touched by the love and support shown by the Australian rowing family over the last few weeks. On behalf of our entire family I would like to thank Rowing Australia for renaming trophy awarded to the Women’s Coxless Pair Champions of Australia after Sarah.

“She competed ferociously in the Pair for many years, and was passionate about the boat class, focusing on it in the final years of her career. She was also a proud Australian and West Australian athlete, who enjoyed sharing the ups and downs of racing and competing with so many of her friends and colleagues at the National Championships; Sarah even fronting up as a coach in the years she couldn’t compete while pregnant. Her family and I are enormously proud of the mark Sarah has left on our sport, and now look forward to seeing the next crop of elite women’s sweepers fight is out in the Pair for the Sarah Tait Memorial Trophy.”

The Carlton and United Breweries Plate has been awarded to the Women’s Coxless Pair Champions of Australia from 1968 to 2016. From 2017 onwards the winners of the Championship will be awarded The Sarah Tait Memorial Trophy.

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