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Australia takes on the rest of the world in Florida

2017 World Rowing Championships run from 24 September to 1 October in Sarasota-Bradenton, USA;

Team Media Guide available here; Live stream ALL eight days racing via www.worldrowing.com

The Australian Rowing Team will begin its 2017 World Rowing Championships campaign this week when the regatta begins on Sunday 24 September in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida.

Australia has entered 10 crews to compete at the event, four women’s crews, five men’s crews and one men’s para-rowing crew.

Three-time World Champion and two-time Paralympic silver medallist, Erik Horrie will be representing Australia in the PR1 Men’s Single Scull (formerly the ASM1x) and this year will be racing over 2000m like his teammates, something he’s excited to do.

“It’s going to be very interesting to see how the world adapts to the 2000m racing. I’m looking forward to getting out there and having my first international 2km race. It’s my first time here in the US, a new course and a new distance of racing, it’s going to be excellent,” said Horrie.

The Australian Rowing Team recently completed a preparation camp in both Penrith, New South Wales as well as in DeLand, Florida before travelling to Sarasota, something that Men’s Head Coach, Ian Wright, believes has been beneficial to the crews.

“It is actually a bit cooler than we thought it would be here in Florida. The work we have done in the heat chambers in both Canberra and Sydney has served us well ahead of competition. It’s a young team, but that isn’t an excuse, realistically everybody should be looking to A-Finals.”

With the draw now having taken place, there will be plenty of Australians in action on opening day including the Men’s Coxed Pair, the Men’s Four and the Women’s Quadruple Scull.

Meanwhile, the Women’s Four are set to race on the Monday morning of the regatta and are drawn in Lane Six alongside the likes of hometown favourites, the USA, as well as The Netherlands and Great Britain. The Australian crew won back-to-back gold medals in the recent World Rowing Cups, however they will not be resting on their laurels says Sarah Hawe.

“Our performances in the World Cups is very confidence boosting coming into the World Champs but I suppose we can’t write off the opposition. Other countries might have changed or tweaked their crews a bit so we are still going in with the same attitude we had back when we went into Poland, no expectations.

“We are be about trying to put down the best performance that we can and hopefully that brings us back the gold. I am very excited to be here, I’ve never been to such a large event so it’s great to experience the event, the excitement and to see what we can do on a world stage.”

Women’s Head Coach, John Keogh has enjoyed the lead up to the World Championships and is looking forward to seeing his four female crews compete in the USA. “As a group we talk about keeping it simple and getting back to basics and this event is not any different. When you have a major competition coming up it’s not a chance to reinvent the wheel, it’s a chance to practice what you’ve been doing all year round, the basics.

“The crews have done an amazing job of getting going on the ground and that speaks volumes for the athletes but also the great support staff we have travelling with the team, both in preparing the team back in Australia and here in the US.”

Notes to Editors

The race schedules for each day can be found here on the World Rowing website, while daily PDFs of results can be found also on the same page on the World Rowing website.

Racing is set to be live-streamed for the full eight days of the regatta via World Rowing’s website, www.worldrowing.com