Australia’s rowers will hit the waters of the Sea Forest Waterway today (23 July) with the first of the heats to take place for the Olympic scullers.
Australia’s boats will race heats in a bid to progress through to either semi-finals or finals and avoid racing repechages.
Starting Australia’s Olympic campaign will be debutants Amanda Bateman and Tara Rigney, in the Women’s Double Scull. The duo will need a top three finish in their heat to progress to the semi-finals, drawn in Lane 1, they take on Germany, Lithuania and Netherlands. This fresh Aussie crew will have a challenge on their hands taking on the experienced European crews, but will be certainly look to challenge the more senior crews.
Joining the double on Day One of the rowing will be the Australian Men’s and Women’s Quadruple Sculls, both of whom need top two finishes to progress straight to their respective A-Finals and not race repechages.