While the Australian Rowing Team (ART) achieved some great results at the recent World Cup 2 Regatta held in Poznan, Poland – two Australian Doubles triumphed at the Henley Women’s Regatta (17th to 19th June 2022).
Like the Men’s Regatta, which starts this week, the Henley-on-Thames course is renowned for its rich history of exciting one-on-one “match racing.”
Sydney Rowing Club Junior Double, Laura Sypher, and Liesel Page, raced in the Rayner Cup and won their event. The New South Wales combo broke the course record in the A-Final and defeated the Tideaway Scullers School in a winning time of 5 minutes and 21.1 seconds. The crew are coached by Felix Dieu.
Dieu said, “It was great to see Laura and Liesel getting a win against the top British Junior Women’s Double Scull (JW2X) who also won this year’s British National School Championship. Our girls are also the first Sydney Rowing Club women to win at the Henley Women’s Regatta. The conditions were very fast, which made the racing fun at one of the world’s best Regattas.”
In the A-Final of the Women’s Lightweight Double Scull (WLW2x), the Australian crew of Sophie Jerapetritis (ANU Boat Club) and Eve Mure (Huon Rowing Club), coached by Nigel Harding (ANU), defeated the Great Britain-Reading University combination by over a length and half to claim the Haslam Trophy. Sophie and Eve recorded a time of 5 minutes 14.2 seconds over the 1500-meter course. In the lead-up to the final, the Australian lightweight combination also defeated the highly rated German national champions in a very tough-hard-fought race.
Also in the event was an Australian Under-23 WLW2X of Alexandra Moylan (ANU) and Maggie Foley (Corio Bay), who is also coached by Harding. In the Heats, Alex and Maggie raced against the same British combination that Sophie and Eve defeated in the A-Final. Our young Australian combination displayed some excellent racing only to lose to the more experienced British double by over a length.
Harding said, “It has been a real privilege to coach this tight-knit group of experienced and younger lightweight athletes who are all performing at or near national benchmark standards. Then to lead them on this tour of a lifetime that we all planned together was a double bonus. The result at Henley Women’s was the icing on the cake — it was proof that we prepared well! The group loves to race, and of course to win, while also enjoying all the other life benefits that our sport can bring.”
The Lightweight girls will combine as a Quadruple Scull to compete at the Henley Royal Regatta (28th June to 3rd July). We congratulate all the three crews on their commitment, hard work, and outstanding results.