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Australia aims to qualify 14 boats for Tokyo 2020

2019 World Rowing Championships sees Australia looking to qualify 12 Olympic & two Paralympic berths

Rowing Australia today confirmed the crews set to compete at the 2019 World Rowing Championships to be held in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria from 25 August to 1 September. Australia will be competing in 18 boat classes at the regatta being held on the purpose-built venue adjacent to the Danube.

Australia have entries in 12 of the 14 Olympic boat classes and two of the four Paralympic boat classes, with crews not only looking to make podium finishes at the pinnacle rowing event of the year, but also ensure they finish in a required qualifying spot to secure Australia a boat berth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic or Paralympic Games.

In addition to the above boats, Australia will compete in the non-Olympic/Paralympic boat classes of the PR2 Women’s Single Scull, PR3 Men’s Pair and the Lightweight Men’s and Women’s Single Sculls.

The Olympic boat classes Australia will compete in will be the Men’s and Women’s Pairs, Fours, Eights, Lightweight Double Sculls, Double Sculls and Quadruple Sculls. The Paralympic boat classes will be the PR1 Men’s Single Scull and the PR3 Mixed Coxed Four. While Australia will aim to qualify boats at the event, athletes will only be selected for qualified boats in 2020.

Performance Director, Bernard Savage said, “We’ve a big team set to compete at this year’s World Rowing Championships. We are confident that as a team we can build on our recent successes at the FISA International Para-Rowing Regatta and the World Rowing Cups.

“While this year’s World Rowing Championships has an added significance to it due to the Olympic and Paralympic qualification opportunities, we’re in Austria to perform on the world stage and deliver podium finishes for Australia.”

There have been some minor crew changes post Rowing Australia’s success at the 2019 World Rowing Cups. Alexander Hill has returned to the Men’s Four, while Spencer Turrin, Alexander Purnell,Timothy Masters and the experience of Karsten Forsterling join the Men’s Eight. Sam Hardy and Joshua Hicks will partner up in the Men’s Pair. Both Rob Black and James Medway were unavailable for selection due to injury.

Campbell Watts and Hamish Playfair have joined Cameron Girdlestone and David Watts in the Men’s Quadruple Scull, while Caleb Antill will partner with World Championships debutant David Bartholot in the Men’s Double Scull.

For the women, the only change has been Georgia Nesbitt coming in for Alice Arch in the Lightweight Women’s Double Scull, with Arch now set to race the Lightweight Women’s Single Scull.

Australia’s para-rowing team will see Erik Horrie return in a bid to claim his sixth consecutive World Rowing Championships title, while Jed Altschwager returns in the PR3 Men’s Pair that he won silver in in 2018, this time with debutant William Smith from Adelaide.

In the PR2 Women’s Single Scull, Kathryn Ross returns to the team after a three year hiatus, while the PR3 Mixed Coxed Four sees debutant Alexandra Viney join Ben Gibson, James Talbot, Alex Vuillermin and Renae Domaschenz.

The final ranking of crews will dictate boat berth qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Games:

Olympic Class (Men’s and Women’s)

Required Placing to Qualify


Top 11


Top 8


Top 5

Single Sculls

Top 9

Double Sculls

Top 11

Quadruple Scull

Top 8

Lightweight Double Scull

Top 7


Paralympic Class

Required Placing to Qualify

PR1 Men’s Single Sculls

Top 7

PR1 Women’s Single Sculls

Top 7

PR2 Mixed Double Sculls

Top 8

PR3 Mixed Coxed Fours

Top 8

To view the Australian crews for the 2019 World Rowing Championships, please click here.