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Junior Australian Rowing Team take on the world in Lithuania

Four crews set to race in Trakai at World Rowing Junior Championships

Australia’s four Junior crews are set to compete this week at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. Australia are amongst 59 countries and 742 athletes set to race at the regatta which runs from 2 to 6 August on the picturesque Lake Galve.

Australia’s four crews contesting the 2017 World Junior Championships are the Junior Women’s Double Scull, the Junior Women’s Eight, the Junior Men’s Double Scull and the Junior Men’s Quadruple Scull. There are many entries in all Australia’s boat classes, with many expected to take on quarter-finals and semi-finals.

Deputy Performance Director, Jaime Fernandez commented: “It is fantastic for our athletes to be part of such a big event, and for the majority this will be their first appearance racing on a global stage, amongst strong competition. The experience will no doubt be invaluable and provide them with an insight into what to expect as they progress through our Pathways Program.”

Australia’s crews come from across the country and have trained under the guidance of their coaches, schools, clubs and State Institutes and Academies of Sports ahead of being selected to race at the pinnacle event for their age group. The crews trained across the country before departing for Europe and basing themselves at the AIS European Training Centre in Gavirate, Italy for a period of time ahead of the event.

Fergus Hamilton has been selected alongside Cormac Kennedy-Leverett to race in the Junior Men’s Double and the young Victorian is eager to get out on the water: “I think it is going to be tough competition, I’ve heard the double is a pretty popular event [27 entries this year], however, I think if we continue the way we are going, we can do pretty well, I just can’t wait to get racing.”

The Junior Women’s Eight this year is made up entirely of Victorian athletes who were selected after competing in Rowing Australia’s Pathway Eights competition, where each State enters male and female Eights in a bid to be selected as the Junior international representative crew.

Phoebe Georgakas, the coxswain of the crew, has enjoyed the lead up to competition: “It’s been really fun being a part of the crew. We all get along really well so it was good to get together with the girls each time we trained in Melbourne.

“I’ve rowed with a couple of the crew at school, but other than that we are all from different schools but all from Victoria which is great. We are all really excited to race here in Trakai.”

Pathways Head Coach, Lyall McCarthy said he had high hopes for the crews selected for the event: “Look I can be guilty of believing they’re all capable of podium performances, and that’s how we’ve actually selected them. These are our youngest athletes in the Pathways system and the process has been pretty tough to get onto to the team. I have a lot of faith in what they have done so far – firstly getting selected and secondly what they’ve done to now with their training and preparation.

“They have had a little bit more time than the U23s and we have had a good block of time together both at our pre-departure camp in Penrith and also at the European Training Centre in Gavirate.”

The draw will take place on Tuesday 1 August, with an updated race schedule available here in due course.

World Rowing’s website will provide a live race tracker, audio streaming and results, while the event hashtag is #WRJChamps.

Rowing Australia will be providing daily reports via its website here, with a final event round-up distributed to the media post-event on 6 August. RA will be providing full updates also via its social media accounts – Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Junior Australian Rowing Team to compete at 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships
(Club or School and State in brackets)

Junior Women’s Double Scull
Taylor McCarthy-Smith (Brisbane & GPS/QLD)
Skyla Froebel (Melbourne RC/VIC)
Coach: Jonathan Trovas (Brisbane & GPS/St Peter’s Lutheran College/QLD)

Junior Women’s Coxed Eight
Jessica Thompson (Gippsland Grammar/VIC)
Georgia Thomson (Firbank Grammar/VIC)
Mimi Tuddenham (Loreto Toorak/VIC)
Emmie Frederico (Firbank Grammar/VIC)
Brigid McKeagney-Douglas (Genazzano/VIC)
Ruby Gioulekas (Methodist Ladies’ College/VIC)
Sophie Balson (Methodist Ladies’ College/VIC)
Jane Perrignon (Geelong Grammar/VIC)
Coxswain: Phoebe Georgakas (Methodist Ladies’ College/VIC)
Coach: Alison Crowe (Methodist Ladies’ College/VIC)

Junior Men’s Double Scull
Cormac Kennedy-Leverett (The Southport School/QLD)
Fergus Hamilton (Melbourne Grammar School/VIC)
Coach: Tom Abramowski (Melbourne Grammar School/VIC)

Junior Men’s Quadruple Scull
Daniel Samus (Mosman RC/NSW)
Jackson Kench (Sydney RC/NSW)
Harry Crouch (Newington College/NSW)
Lachlan Stevenson (Sydney RC/NSW)
Coach: Jason Baker (Sydney RC/NSW)