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Australia takes the lead on Day One of the Trans-Tasman Regatta

A chilly Canberra morning greeted our competitors for day one of the U21 Trans-Tasman Regatta which kicked off today between the Australian and New Zealand teams.

The day started with the two teams competing on the rowing machine (erg), outside of the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre in Yarralumla. There were four heats of mixed gendered racing, with five women and five men from each country racing across 500m, with the reserve for each country required to race.

With hands on the handles, both teams went flat out for their country trying to keep those split times as low as possible. It was impressive to see a dead heat in the Men’s races, whilst in the Women’s races Australia took an early lead, with Isabella Scammell powering Australia through in her erg to take the win.

Madeline Vagg of Sydney University Boat Club, Rowing ACT and ACTAS said: “We were happy with the ergs [as an Australian team]. It was good to get out the nerves and get ready for the next two days of racing.”

The afternoon session saw the Men’s and Women’s Eights take on the 3km time trial course from The Boathouse Restaurant at the mouth of the Molonglo River, to Central Basin and the Parliamentary Triangle, before finishing in front of the National Museum of Australia. Strong winds created an interesting head race for both countries.

The New Zealand female eight was struck by illness and in the spirit of competition, chose to race for points with only five rowers and their coxswain. This meant Australia, with a full crew complement, took the win in the Women’s Eight, cheered on by spectators lining the bank of Lake Burley-Griffin.

The Men’s Eight was a closer run race, with both eights complete, but saw Australia take the victory in the time trial for the last race of the day.

Looking ahead to day two, which will see racing on the 1800m course at Yarramundi Reach, under the view of Government House, home to the Governor-General. The Heats kick off at 9am, followed by Finals at 2pm.

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Day One Trans-Tasman Regatta Points Update:

  • Australia: 37.5
  • New Zealand: 22.5

U21 Australian Rowing Team Crew List

Under 21 Women’s Quad Scull: U21 W4x
Madeline Vagg ‐ Sydney University Boat Club/ACT/ACTAS
Livia Rosaia ‐ Melbourne University Boat Club/VIC
Danica Free ‐ Griffith University Surfers Paradise Rowing Club/QLD
Rebecca Bolster ‐ Swan River Rowing Club/WA

Coach: Duncan Free ‐ Griffith University Surfers Paradise Rowing Club, QLD

Under 21 Women’s Coxless Four: U21W4‐
Caitlin McManus‐Barrett ‐ Sydney Rowing Club/NSW/ACTAS
Isabella Scammell ‐ Sydney Rowing Club/NSW/NSWIS
Rebecca Pretorius ‐ Swan River Rowing Club/WA
Lola Quinn ‐ Swan River Rowing Club/WA

Coach: Mark Beer ‐ Swan River Rowing Club, WA

Under 21 Men’s Quad Scull: U21 M4x
Felix Oliver ‐ Melbourne University Boat Club/VIC
Cormac Hayes ‐ Canberra Rowing Club/ACT/ACTAS
Nicholas Blackman ‐ Adelaide University Boat Club/SA/SASI
Harry Curtin ‐ UTS Haberfield Rowing Club/NSW

Coach: Tom Minifie ‐ Melbourne University Boat Club, VIC

Under 21 Men’s Coxless Four: U21 M4‐
Daniel Horsley ‐ Kand Rowing Club/QLD
Mitch Salisbury ‐ Kand Rowing Club/QLD/QAS
Jarrod Lord ‐ Kand Rowing Club/QLD/QAS
Samuel Atherton ‐ Kand Rowing Club/QLD

Coach: Scott Rowe ‐ Kand Rowing Club, QLD

Under 21 Team Coxswains
Aidan Hughes (W8+) ‐ St Peter’s College/Adelaide University Boat Club/SA
Hayley Verbunt (M8+) ‐ Mercantile Rowing Club/VIC

Under 21 Team Reserves
Charlotte Broad ‐ Fremantle Rowing Club/WA
Bradley Graham ‐ Sydney Rowing Club/NSW