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Rusty Robertson Trophy retained as U21s finish Trans Tasman Regatta in style

The Australian Under 21 Team has continued their dominance on the final day of competition at the Trans-Tasman Regatta in Lake Karapiro, returning the Rusty Robertson Trophy back to Australia once again.

It was a clear victory for the Australian Team, with a clean sweep over the three days of the event, winning every race contested.

The medium boats combined in Eights for the final day of racing, and our reserve mixed double also got a chance to race their Kiwi competitors, increasing their winning margin of eight seconds in the heat, to over 16 seconds in the final.

The Women’s Eight have gone from strength to strength over the course of the campaign and finished with one of their strongest performances to win the final by more than eight seconds. The men’s crew also put on a dominant display to finish the regatta off with another win.

“I want to congratulate the athletes, coaches and staff on such a successful campaign. From the outset, it was clear that the team were ready to compete and perform at the highest level,” said Deputy Performance Director, Jaime Fernandez OLY.

“It only grew from there, evidenced by the fact they were able to win every race. It was an incredible team effort, with everyone contributing equally to what is, without doubt, an outstanding performance.

“The Under 21 team remains a fabulous development opportunity for our young athletes and is a perfect platform for progression into future national team representation.”

The final point score for the regatta was Australia 170-New Zealand 112.