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Australian U21s extend lead over New Zealand in race for Rusty Robertson Trophy

The Australian Rowing Team extended their lead over New Zealand on the opening day of the second leg of the U21 Trans-Tasman Regatta yesterday (Thursday), as they chase the Rusty Robertson Trophy. The Australian team performed well entering Day 2 with a 24 point lead over New Zealand, 230 points to 206 points.

The crews were greeted by tough head wind conditions for the mornings session on Lake Karapiro to begin the second leg. Starting with heats in the morning, the finals in the afternoon provided Australia with three gold medals. Alex Grzeskowiak (Capital Lakes RC) in the Men’s Single Scull, Paddy Holt and Nick Lavery (both UTS Rowing Club) in the Men’s Pair and Connor Ryan (North Esk) in the Lightweight Men’s Single Scull all picked up wins and added valuable points to the table for Australia. Alex, Paddy and Nick have had a clean sweep this series claiming gold at both regatta’s. There were a number of excellent performances, with many being able to improve results between the Heat’s and Finals.

Meanwhile, New Zealand only gold medal came from Kaylin Wren in the Women’s Lightweight Single Sculls.

The introduction of the Canadian U21 Team has certainly raised the stakes and added to the feel of the event and the excitement of the racing. A number of the Canadian athletes have come from the U23 World Championships, so they are race hardened and of a very good standard, which has lifted the competition. They came away with Gold medals in all four events they raced, including the Women’s Single Scull, Women’s Lightweight Double Scull, Men’s Lightweight Double Scull, and the Women’s Pair.

Overall, a great effort by the U21 ARTeam to increase the slender lead from the first leg to be in a strong positon with 2 days of racing to go.


Day 2 and the medium sized boats starts today, with the draw and live results available here.

A reminder that points are calculated as follows:

Points for racing will be awarded in the finals as follows:

  1. 1st – 6 points, 2nd – 4 points, 3rd – 2 points and 4th – 1 point for –W1x, M1x, W2- and M2-.
  2. 1st – 6 points and 2nd – 4 points for LW2x, LM2x, W4-, M4-, W4x, M4x, W8+ and M8+.
  3. 1st – 2 points and 2nd – 1 point for LW1x, LM1x and MixL2x.Medals will be awarded to the first-placed boat in each category.