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Sarah’s Super Saturday

This Saturday (2 September), five of the Australia’s Olympic rowers will come together to compete in Super Saturday – an attempt to break four separate indoor rowing world records in honour of the late Sarah Tait. Sarah was an Olympic silver medallist in the Women’s Pair (London 2012) and represented Australia at three Olympic Games and multiple World Championships. Matt Ryan, Nick Purnell, Karsten Forsterling, Joshua Booth and Joshua Dunkley-Smith will be attempting to break multiple world records this weekend, while also looking to raise much needed funds to go to the Caritas Christi Hospice at St. Vincent’s Hospital, where Sarah was supported until she sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2016.

While the group would be grateful of any donations towards their attempt (details below), they would also be grateful for support as they bid to break multiple World Records. If you’re able to attend Melbourne University Boat Club in Victoria this weekend, then details are below, alternatively there will also be a Facebook Livestream on the link below.

Details of the event are as follows:

When: Saturday September 2, 2017, from 10am
Where: Melbourne University Boatclub, 1 Boathouse Drive, Melbourne
Join the Facebook livestream @ 

The line up
10am (to approx 3:30pm): 100km tandem: Matt Ryan (Silver, Men’s Four, 2008 Beijing Olympics) and Nick Purnell (Men’s Eight, 2012 London Olympics)
2:30pm: 60min: Karsten Forsterling (Silver, Men’s Quad, 2016 Rio Olympics; Bronze, Men’s Quad 2012 London Olympics)
3:45pm: 1km: Josh Booth (Silver, Men’s Four, 2016 Rio Olympics)
3:50pm: 2km: Josh Dunkley-Smith (2x Silver, Men’s Four, 2012/2016 Olympics)

If you have capacity to give to this cause, the group would appreciate any donations. Head to and make a contribution to an incredible institution giving care and support to families in times of heartbreaking difficulty.

According to Sarah’s fellow athlete and event organiser, Matt Ryan, this is an excellent way to celebrate Sarah’s tenacity and passion, while also raising money for an important cause.

Sarah Tait (left) and Kate Hornsey training in the Women’s Pair ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games (Copyright Rowing Australia)