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ADF announces its 2019 King’s Cup Rowing Team

The rowing team representing the Australian Defence Force (ADF) at the 2019 Henley Royal Regatta King’s Cup event in the United Kingdom (UK) in July was announced on Saturday 13 April.

The 2019 Australian Defence Force King’s Cup rowing team and official guests at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

Patron of ADF Rowing, Air Vice Marshal Leigh Gordon said this year marked the centenary of the King’s Cup, which was last contested at the Royal Henley Peace Regatta of 1919, with Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America competing.

The 2019 Australian Defence Force King’s Cup rowing team with the King’s Cup at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

“One hundred years ago, the King’s Cup promoted the power of sport in hastening a return to normality following the First World War,” AVM Gordon said.

“Six allied nations competed in this peace regatta, with the Australian Imperial Force No. 1 crew victorious.

“This year, the King’s Cup will for the first time allow mixed-gender crews, highlighting the opportunities available to women in today’s military.”

Crews from Germany and the Netherlands will also compete, symbolising the strength of today’s alliances.

“Australia’s crew represents the modern ADF, with full-time and reserve men and women drawn nationally from all ranks and all services,” AVM Gordon said.

“Medics to engineers, long-term serving members to new recruits are brought together to form the competing crew.

“The team is conscious that the last time an Australian military crew raced at Henley, they brought back the cup.”

The Australian Rowing Team took part in the Last Past Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial on Saturday 13 April. © Rowing Australia/Delly Carr

The announcement took place at the Australian War Memorial, with the ADF rowing team joining the 2019 Australian Rowing Team for a special Last Post Ceremony to commemorate the Centenary of the King’s Cup.

The 2019 Australian Rowing Team with the 2019 ADF King’s Cup Team post at the front of the Australian War Memorial © Rowing Australia/Delly Carr

The King’s Cup will be held from 3 to 7 July 2019 at the Royal Henley Regatta in the UK. Further information about the King’s Cup and opportunities to follow and support the crews, is available at the Official King’s Cup Website: at https://www.kingscup.org/

The 2019 ADF King’s Cup Team is as follows:

The Australian Defence Force King’s Cup Rowers:
Team Captain: Lieutenant Colonel Selina Rowland, Australian Army
Boat Captain: Captain Nicholas Waugh, Australian Army
Captain Carl Bleimschein, Australian Army
Lieutenant Simon Gillespie, Australian Army
Lieutenant Alexander Jack, Australian Army
Captain Mitchell Lindsay, Australian Army
Private Charles Patterson, Australian Army
Lieutenant Casey Piket, Australian Army
Corporal Rachel Rook, Australian Army
Corporal Damien Richardson, Australian Army
Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Stephens, Australian Army
Major Tom Cregan, Australian Army  
Coxwains: 
Flying Officer Ruby Brady-Welsh, Royal Australian Air Force
Flying Officer Jessica Winnall, Royal Australian Air Force

National Reserves:
Private Owen Hingston -Australian Army
Leading Aircraftman Jackson Purtle, Royal Australian Air Force
Officer Cadet Lachlan Stevenson, Royal Australian Air Force

Team Management:

Head Coach: Mr Iain Smith
Assistant Coaches: Lieutenant Commander Kym Fisher, Royal Australian Navy; Mr Geoff Brown; Captain Brad Spiel, Australian Army
Team Manager: Brigadier Alison Creagh, Australian Army
Assistant Team Manager: Commander Rebecca Levitt, Royal Australian Navy
The 2019 Australian Defence Force King’s Cup rowing team salute during the Last Post Ceremony held at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence