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The Final Test for the Australian Rowing Team at World Cup 3 on their European Tour

This weekend will represent one of the largest teams ever to compete for Australia at World Cup 3 with 60 athletes across 18 different crews in 14 events, which includes six Olympic Champions from Tokyo.  

For the majority of the Australian Rowing Team, World Rowing Cup 3 concludes a five-week tour which has seen them race at World Cup 2 in Poland, Henley Royal Regatta in England and train from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) European Training Centre (ETC) in Italy, picking up 33 medals and six trophies in the process. 

The Women’s Four of Lucy Stephan OAM, Annabelle McIntyre OAM, Kat Werry and Bronywn Cox and the Men’s Four of Jack O’Brien, Jack Hargreaves OAM, Spencer Turrin OAM and Alex Purnell OAM are the top crews representing Australia. They will defend their World Cup 2 titles and will be the ones to beat as the Tokyo Olympic Champions. Our Men’s Four will be boat one, as they are joined by our U23-selected crew who will be gaining race experience at this World Cup as boat two. 

Olympic Bronze Medallists and 2022 Henley Royal Regatta winners Jack Cleary and Caleb Antill will be racing in the Men’s Double and confident in their hunt for the metal. 

The Women’s Quad of Olympic Bronze Medallists, Rowena Meredith and Harriet Hudson who won Bronze at World Cup 2 with Kate Rowan, have been strengthened by Tara Rigney joining the crew, who also won Bronze in the Women’s Single. They challenged the reigning Olympic Champions from China at Henley Royal Regatta and will be looking to close that gap and improve on their medal colour. 

This means Georgie Gleeson will be racing in the Women’s Single, having been in the Women’s Quad. Racing in the Single again, David Bartholot and Sam Marsh, will hope to do one better from World Cup 2 by securing a position in the Men’s Single A Final. 

The newly formed Women’s Lightweight Double of Lucy Coleman and Anneka Reardon will race among a highly competitive field where half a second separated second and fourth at World Cup 2. They will be in the charge for another medal to add to their collection.  

The rest of the lightweight contingent will see Georgia Nesbitt and Oscar McGuinness racing in their respective Women’s and Men’s Singles categories, with Hamish Harding and Redmond Matthews racing the Double. 

There will be two crews racing in the Men’s Pairs with Olympic Champion, Alex Hill OAM returning from injury to race with Harley Moore as boat one and Olympians Simon Keenan and Nick Lavery racing as boat two. Whilst we will be fielding one women’s pair with Henley Royal Regatta semi-finallists, Eliza Gaffney and Genevieve Hart. 

The Men’s Eight has the largest number of boats competing in the World Cup event since 2017, with Australia fielding two crews. Our World Cup 2 Silver Medallist crew will be joined on the start line by our recently selected Men’s Eight formed from under 23 student athletes based at the U.S Universities, who will be using the opportunity to gain international racing experience within this new combination, as well as integrate with the senior team.  

The Women’s Eight will return in their World Cup 2 combination. Competition will be tough, as it always is in this boat class, but the intent from our crew will be to standing on the podium on Sunday. 

Paul Thompson MBE, High Performance Director spoke about the hotly contested World Cup 3: “With over 600 athletes represented, it is the most attended World Cup Regatta across nations. The best crews will be there, and it gives our athletes the chance to test their boat speed and gain race experience at the top level.  

“This is the last major international racing opportunity before the World Championships in September and marks less than 14 months before Olympic qualification for Paris 2024.” 

Thompson continued: “This World Cup also exposes our 24 under 23 athletes to senior international competition pace, which will stand them in good stead not only for the upcoming U23 World Championships, but also for their progression through the ranks for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics.” 

Australia’s final crew list for World Cup 3 can be seen below. Racing begins with the Heats and Reps on Friday 8 July from 5pm AEST, followed by Semi-Finals and Finals on Saturday 9 July from 5pm AEST.  

The Regatta concludes with the A Finals, which can be seen on Foxtel Channel 507 or Kayo on Sunday 10 July from 6pm to 10:45pm (AEST), with the B Finals shown on World Rowing from 4.55pm AEST. 

 

The racing schedule and live racing updates can be seen via the World Rowing website: 

Follow the Rowing Australia social media channels for the latest updates, as well as photos and video coverage of the Australian Rowing Team. 

For any information about team members, have a look at their biographies here: Australian Rowing Team Biographies 

 

World Cup 3 Crew Lists

Women 

Lwt W1x    

Georgia Nesbitt    

Coach: Ellen Randell    

Lwt W2x    

B) Anneka Reardon   

S) Lucy Coleman   

Coach: Ellen Randell    

W1x    

Georgie Gleeson 

Coach: Ellen Randell     

W2-    

B) Genevieve Hart   

S) Eliza Gaffney   

Coach: Tom Westgarth       

W4x    

B) Tara Rigney 

2) Rowena Meredith    

3) Harriet Hudson    

S) Kate Rowan   

Coach: John Keogh    

W4-    

B) Lucy Stephan OAM   

2) Katrina Werry    

3) Bronwyn Cox    

S) Annabelle McIntyre OAM   

Coach: John Keogh    

W8+    

B) Eleanor Price   

2) Jean Mitchell    

3) Paige Barr    

4) Jacqueline Swick    

5) Ella Bramwell    

6) Giorgia Patten    

7) Georgina Rowe    

S) Emma Fessey   

Cox: Talia Barnet-Hepples    

Coach: Tom Westgarth    

Men

Lwt M1x    

Oscar McGuinness    

Coach: David Fraumano    

Lwt M2x    

B) Redmond Matthews   

S) Hamish Harding   

Coach: David Fraumano    

M1x    

AUS 1 – David Bartholot 

AUS 2 – Sam Marsh 

Coach: Lyall McCarthy OAM 

M2x    

B) Jack Cleary   

S) Caleb Antill   

Coach: Lyall McCarthy OAM 

M2- 

AUS 1 

B) Harley Moore

S) Alex Hill OAM

AUS 2 

B) Simon Keenan   

S) Nick Lavery

Coach: Lyall McCarthy OAM 

M4-    

AUS 1 

B) Alexander Purnell OAM   

2) Spencer Turrin OAM    

3) Jack Hargreaves OAM    

S) Jack O’Brien   

Coach: Rhett Ayliffe    

AUS 2 

B) Charles Batrouney

2) Torben Ungemach 

3) Nicholas Smith 

S) William Achermann

Coach: Matt Ryan 

M8+    

AUS 1 

B) Henry Youl   

2) Benjamin Canham    

3) Angus Widdicombe    

4) Jackson Kench    

5) Sam Hardy     

6) Will O’Shannessy 

7) Patrick Holt    

S) Rohan Lavery   

Cox: Kendall Brodie    

Coach: Mark Prater    

AUS 2 

B) Darcy McCluskey

2) Joshua Hill 

3) Jamie Arnold 

4) Marcus Emmett 

5) Patrick Long 

6) Fergus Hamilton 

7) Alexander McClean 

S) Angus Dawson

Cox: Harry Keenan 

Coach: John Bowes