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Australia’s best take on the world in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

World Championships run from 9 to 16 September; to livestream all eight days of the regatta

The 2018 World Rowing Championships begins tomorrow (Sunday) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, with 15 Australian crews set to compete at the event. The regatta, which runs from 9 to 17 September, features over 900 athletes from 62 nations with Australia entering three para-rowing crews, six men’s crew and six women’s crews.

Australia’s team features three crews that are the 2017 defending World Rowing Champions – Erik Horrie in the PR1 Men’s Single Scull, the Men’s Four of Alexander Hill, Jack Hargreaves, Spencer Turrin and Joshua Hicks and the Women’s Four of Molly Goodman, Sarah Hawe, Katrina Werry and Lucy Stephan.

Australia will be hoping to capatalise on its strong performances at the World Rowing Cups this season and pick up more medals at what is the pinnacle event of the elite rowing season.

“We had some good performances in the lead up to these World Championships, with medals at both the World Rowing Cups and also victories at Henley Royal Regatta. The team returned to Australia to fine tune its preparations and then travelled to Italy to train out of the AIS European Training Centre before arriving in Bulgaria at the end of last week.

“We’re looking forward to getting down to racing and seeing how we fair against the best in the world. All these athletes are at these World Championships to be competitive and for us that means bringing home medals.”

Defending World Champion, Lucy Stephan, said, “Coming into World Champs, this is the big one. I’m really excited to be in Bulgaria, having won last year in Sarasota, it’s an amazing opportunity to try and go back to back. You know they do say that once you’re on top, it’s pretty hard to stay on top so it’s just another challenge for us to retain out title.”

There have been some changes to the Australian Rowing Team since the original team announcement in early August. Alex Vuillermin has come into the PR3 Mixed Coxed Four, replacing the injured Kate Murdoch, while Katrina Werry has replaced Rosie Popa in the Women’s Four. Following an injury to Popa, the decision was made to manage her return to full fitness through the Women’s Eight.

To view the 2018 Australian Rowing Team set to race at the 2018 World Rowing Championships, please click here.

The racing draw will take place at 22:00 AEST (15:00 EEST) on Saturday 8 September and will be live streamed on World Rowing’s Facebook page:

Rowing Australia will be posting across its social media channels during the week of the regatta. The official hashtag for the event is #WRChamps or #Plovdiv2018, while the team hashtag is #ARTeam. Rowing Australia’s Twitter account is @RowingAust. Instagram is @RowingAustralia and Facebook is Rowing Australia. There will be daily updates on the Rowing Australia website –