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Australians set to take on Henley and Holland Beker

Plenty of Australians are travelling to Europe in the coming week to compete at two of Europe’s most prestigious regattas, the Henley Royal Regatta, in the UK, and Holland Beker, in The Netherlands.

The Holland Beker Regatta, held this weekend (24 and 25 June), prior to Henley, will see at least 15 Australian crews compete at the event held on the Bosbaan in Amsterdam.

The Australian Schoolboys Champions, Scotch College, are set to compete in the Men’s Eight and Junior Men’s Eight competition at the event. The crew of Harry Isles, Max Cooper, Mark Russell, Marcus Emmett, Charlie Miller, Tom Macky, Angus Emmett, Lachlan Murchie and Harry Gill is the same crew that won in Penrith will no doubt be hopeful of another victory.

Banks RC, Mercantile RC, Melbourne University, UTS Haberfield RC, Sydney Rowing Club, Somerville House and Pymble Ladies College all have athletes set to compete this weekend. The Women’s Four of Olympian Meaghan Volker, former U23 athlete Addy Dunkley-Smith and Hancock Prospecting Women’s NTC athletes Kate Rowan and Katie Michelmore will be competing here ahead of Henley, as will the MUBC/Mercantile RC Men’s Pair partnership of Rio Olympic silver medallists Josh Dunkley-Smith and Josh Booth.

Meanwhile, Australians Jack Cleary, Sam Horsley, Hamish McDonald, James Riley and Mark Brinkler will also be racing here in the UC Berkley Men’s Eight, while Tex Lawton will be racing in the Men’s Four for New York Athletic Club.

There are over 60 Australians set to compete in a variety of events at the UK’s most famous rowing event, Henley Royal Regatta. Taking place on the River Thames, in Henley, the event runs from 28 June to 2 July.

Seven Australian Olympians will be taking to the water at the event to contest some exciting races. Olympic gold medallist and three-time Olympian, Kim Brennan (Melbourne University BC), will be racing in the Women’s Four race alongside three Rio Olympians, from the UK, USA and The Netherlands.

Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist Cameron Girdlestone will be racing in the Diamond Challenge Sculls for the Men’s Single Scull representing Sydney University Boat Club; while fellow Rio silver medallists Josh Booth and Joshua Dunkley-Smith will be racing in the Silver Goblets and Nickall’s Challenge Cup for the Men’s Pair, representing Melbourne University Boat Club and Mercantile Rowing Club.

In the female races, Rio Olympian Jennifer Cleary will be representing Mercantile RC in The Princess Royal Challenge Sculls for the Women’s Single, while fellow Rio debutant Meaghan Volker (Buckingham RC) will be racing in the Women’s Four event alongside Addy Dunkley-Smith (Mercantile) and National Training Centre athletes Katie Michelmore (MUBC) and Kate Rowan (University of Queensland BC).

Two-time Olympian Alexandra Hagan will be racing in the Women’s Pair race representing Banks Rowing Club alongside Rosie Popa, with the duo hoping to replicate the good form they showed at Henley Women’s Regatta, last week, that saw them win the Redgrave Challenge Vase.

The Wyfold Challenge Cup for Men’s Four will have three Australian club crews contesting among the entries, with crews from UTS Haberfield, Sydney Rowing Club and Mercantile Rowing Club. Meanwhile UTS Haberfield and Sydney RC will also contest the Britannia Challenge Cup for Men’s Coxed Fours.

Australia’s Schoolboys Eight Champions, Scotch College – Victoria, will be following up their Holland Beker appearance with a race in for The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup for Junior Men’s Eights.

A number of Australians will be competing in the Temple Challenge Cup for the University Men’s Eight with King’s College, The University of Queensland entering a crew University of California, Berkeley featuring four Australians in the form of Sam Horsley, Hamish McDonald, James Riley, Mark Brinkler and Jack Cleary. Also racing in the Temple Challenge Cup will be Angus Morrison from Brisbane who will be racing for his American university, Yale. Another Australian representing in an American boat is Dominic Glover of Mosman RC, who will join crewmates from Harvard, rowing under Newell Training Centre, USA in The Ladies Challenge Plate, the second most senior event for Men’s Eights.

The Prince of Wales Rowing Cup for the Men’s Coxed Four by four members of the University of Queensland BC, while the Visitor’s Challenge Cup for Men’s Four will see Australian Tex Lawton compete for New York Athletic Club, in a crew coached by former U23 Australian coxswain, Louis Copolov.

Finally, Henley Women’s Regatta winners Ohio State University will contest the Remenham Challenge Cup for Women’s Eights, with former U23 Australian athletes Stephanie Williams and Rachel Engel.

The draw for Henley will be available on Saturday 24 June 2017 at 3.00pm local time (00:00 Saturday 24 June 2017 AEST). Please click here for the Henley Royal Regatta website.

Information on the Holland Beker Regatta can be found here.