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Australian Rowing Teams prepare to take on the world in Rotterdam

Junior, U23 and non-Olympic crews bound for 2016 World Rowing Championships

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Australia’s rowing underage and non-Olympic rowing teams will take on the world’s best at the 2016 World Rowing Championships from 20 to 28 August in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The Junior, U23 and non-Olympic World Championships are combined this year and Australia is sending a total of 14 crews to compete at the event.

Australia will be represented at the U23 World Rowing Championships in eight boat classes, in the Junior World Rowing Championships in five boat classes and will be competing in one event at the non-Olympic World Rowing Championships.

Technical Lead, Jason Lane commented: “We’re excited to have arrived in Rotterdam. We had a great staging camp at the AIS European Training Centre and it’s been good to have such a wide range of athletes with varying experience supporting each other in the build-up.”

“This week will no doubt see some good racing from Australia and we’re looking forward to seeing what we can achieve on the world stage.”

The U23 Australian Rowing Team is set to compete in both the Men’s and Women’s Eights, both the Men’s and Women’s Quadruple Sculls, the Men’s Coxed Four, the Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Sculls, the Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls and the Women’s Single Sculls.

There are a number of athletes returning to the U23 team this year including medallists from last year’s crews. No doubt, Rob Black, who won bronze in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls in 2015, will be hoping his new crew of Tom Schramko, Caleb Antill and Luke Letcher will be able to upgrade last year’s medal to a different colour.

2015 silver medallists in the Women’s Quadruple Sculls, Rowena Meredith and Tessa Carty, return to the same boat class and this year are joined by Caitlin Cronin and Bridget Badenoch. Badenoch has stepped up from the 2015 Junior Australian Rowing Team where she competed in the Women’s Double Sculls.

Another athlete who has moved up from the 2015 Junior Australian Rowing Team is Georgia Wheeler, who has been named in the Australian U23 Women’s Eight alongside returning U23 athletes Rachel Engel and Jacinta Edmunds, plus Stephanie Williams, Katherine Michelmore, Fiona Ewing, Hedda Cooper, Olivia Sibillin and coxswain Daniella Serra.

Sam Hardy, Jack Cleary and Louis Copolov return to the U23 Men’s Coxed Four, the three US-based Australians are joined by fellow US-based athlete, Texas Lawton as well as Tasmanian Henry Youl.

Australia’s Men’s Eight will face stiff competition in the racing at the regatta with U23 crews entered from USA, GBR, NED, GER. Germany are the current U23 World Champions in the boat class, while Australia last won a silver in this event in 2014 at the U23 World Championships in Varese.

The Junior Australian Rowing Team will compete in five events in Rotterdam – the Men’s Quadruple Sculls, the Men’s Coxed Four, the Women’s Quadruple Sculls, the Women’s Double Sculls and the Women’s Single Sculls.

Returning to the team this year are Lily Alton Triggs and Annika Hoffman, who in 2015 were part of the Junior Women’s Four and Eight respectively at last year’s event. This year the duo has partnered up and will be competing in the Women’s Double Sculls.

There are many Juniors making their debut this year for Australia, including single sculler, Harriet Hudson. Hudson won the U19 Women’s Scull Championship of Australia earlier this year and she will no doubt be hoping to add to her silverware collection at the World Rowing Championships.

The Junior Men’s Coxed Four, Junior Men’s Quadruple Sculls and the Junior Women’s Quadruple Sculls all have new athletes competing for Australia who will no doubt wear the green and gold with pride. There are a total of 250 entries in the 2016 Junior World Rowing Championships, with Junior Men’s Double Scull featuring the most entries.

Georgia Nesbitt of Tasmania will be competing in the non-Olympic boat class of the Lightweight Women’s Single Sculls. Nesbitt, narrowly missed out on qualifying the Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games . There are 22 entries, including 2015 World Champion Zoe McBryde from New Zealand.