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Australia Returns to the Henley Royal Regatta

Members of the Hancock Prospecting Women’s National Training Centre and Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre will race at the Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England, for the first time since 2018. The team continue their European tour of training and competition after considerable success at World Cup 2, which put their crews as the ones to watch in this years’ regatta. Rowing Australia’s 10 crews have all pre-qualified for the event and are also in good company with fellow Olympians: Jess Morrison OAM, Tokyo Gold Medallist from the Women’s Four racing in the Women’s Pairs event and Ria Thompson, Tokyo Bronze Medallist from the Women’s Quad racing the single scull. They will be racing in the Hambleden Pairs Challenge Cup event and the Princess Royal Challenge Cup respectively.

A prestigious and historic event, The Henley Royal Regatta (HRR) has seen the largest number of entries to-date this year, with a record 37 Australian crews competing. Knockout one-on-one racing means that time trials are held the week before to reduce competitive crew numbers for the schedule, which is held over six days this year – a Regatta duration that hasn’t been seen for 187 years.

Rowing Australia’s Performance Director, Paul Thompson MBE says the nature of the event is unique. “There are very few sporting events where you can enter and race from club up through to international standard. The qualification process means that anyone from a club can work their way through, round after round and end up racing Olympic Champions.”

The last time the Australian Rowing Team attended HRR saw both Australian eights take out their respective events, setting course records in both The Remenham Challenge Cup and The Grand Challenge Cup; this year, these crews look to race undefeated.

Entry into this year’s regatta is a strategic move from Thompson, who said that as he looked at the competition schedule for the Australian Rowing Team, he knew that Henley would be a key event in the development of the athletes.

“COVID-19 has taken away many racing opportunities internationally, especially for the Australian Team, being so far away. We wanted to make sure that we could have a robust competition schedule – including the two World Cups and Henley.

We knew that this part of the season would be critical – not just for the performance side, but actually giving the rowers some fabulous experiences in rowing regattas. These types of events – Henley, Head of the Charles, Head of the Yarra – these are the events that the athletes need to compete in to learn and develop into experienced racers.”

CEO of Rowing Australia, Ian Robson said the relationship between Rowing Australia and The Henley Royal Regatta is as strong as ever.
“Henley celebrates Australia’s participation at this regatta, they know how much respect we have for this regatta, and they have reciprocated respect for travelling so far to compete in this regatta.

Through the lens of high performance, it’s another performance test; it’s another opportunity for some quality racing against some world-class crews in a unique racing format. It’s magnificent that we’re here; a real joy and a privilege for all of us to be involved and be part of the history of the event.”

Racing begins later today (Thursday) for the Australian Rowing Team, with the Heats of The Diamond Challenge Sculls (Men’s Single Scull) and Princess Royal Challenge Cup (Women’s Single Scull) events taking place. Rowing Australia will race the heats of The Remenham Challenge Cup (Women’s Eight), The Grand Challenge Cup (Men’s Eight), The Town Challenge Cup (Women’s Four) on Friday.

Friday will also see Rowing Australia’s crews racing in the quarter final stage of The Princess Grace Challenge Cup (Women’s Quadruple Scull), The Hambleden Pairs Challenge Cup (Women’s Pair), Double Sculls Challenge Cup (Men’s Double Scull) and The Stonor Challenge Trophy (Women’s Double Scull). Crews that win on Friday will progress to the Semi-Finals on Saturday.

Australian clubs and schools have been racing well since Tuesday, with a number of crews winning their heats and progressing through to quarter-final stage racing Friday or to Semi-Finals which will race on Saturday.

The racing schedule and up-to-date information regarding the regatta can be found on the Henley Royal Regatta website here: https://www.hrr.co.uk/

Follow along live as racing is streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/HenleyRoyalRegatta.

Follow the Rowing Australia social media channels for the latest updates, as well as photos and race footage from our crews.

Henley Royal Regatta Crew Lists

THE DIAMOND CHALLENGE SCULLS (M1x)

David Bartholot

Sam Marsh

THE DOUBLE SCULLS CHALLENGE CUP (M2x)

Bow Caleb Antill
Stroke Jack Cleary

THE STEWARDS’ CHALLENGE CUP (M4-)

Bow Alexander Purnell OAM
2 Spencer Turrin OAM
3 Jack Hargreaves OAM
Stroke Jack O’Brien

THE GRAND CHALLENGE CUP (M8+)

Bow Henry Youl
2 Benjamin Canham
3 Angus Widdicombe
4 Jackson Kench
5 Sam Hardy
6 William O’Shannessy
7 Patrick Holt
Stroke Rohan Lavery
Cox: Kendall Brodie

Men’s Coaches: Rhett Ayliffe, Mark Prater and Lyall McCarthy OAM

THE HAMBLEDEN PAIRS CHALLENGE CUP (W2-)

Bow Jean Mitchell
Stroke Georgie Gleeson

Jessica Morrison OAM & Meghan Musnicki(California Rowing Club)

THE STONOR CHALLENGE TROPHY (W2x)

Bow Anneka Reardon
Stroke Lucy Coleman

THE TOWN CHALLENGE CUP (W4-)

Bow Eliza Gaffney
2 Genevieve Hart
3 Ella Bramwell
Stroke Jacqueline Swick

THE PRINCESS GRACE CHALLENGE CUP (W4x)

Bow Tara Rigney
2 Rowena Meredith
3 Harriet Hudson
Stroke Kathryn Rowan

THE REMENHAM CHALLENGE CUP (W8+)

Bow Emma Fessey
2 Eleanor Price
3 Bronwyn Cox
4 Georgie Rowe
5 Annabelle McIntyre OAM
6 Giorgia Patten
7 Lucy Stephan OAM
Stroke Katrina Werry
Cox Talia Barnet-Hepples

Women’s Coaches: John Keogh, Ellen Randell and Tom Westgarth

THE PRINCESS ROYAL CHALLENGE CUP (W1x)

737 R. N. Thompson (University of Queensland, Australia)