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Three Silver Medals for the Para Crews at the 2022 World Rowing Championships  

It was a solid set of results for the Australian Rowing Team on the first day of A-Finals at the World Championships. The Para crews were the first to represent and didn’t disappoint by claiming three Silver Medals in the PR2 Women’s Single, and the PR3 Men’s and Women’s Pairs. 

In the PR2 Women’s Single Final, Kat Ross came out hard and fast but was unable to match Ireland’s powerful start. Even though Ross trailed Ireland by over six seconds at the 1000 metre mark, she fought right to the line to win the Silver Medal.  

Post-race, Ross said, “I had the race of my life, I did what I could out there and I am pretty happy with what I have come up with as I had a pretty hard time leading up to this, as I had covid the week before starting racing.” 

Nicholas Neales and James Talbot raced in the PR3 Men’s Pair and won Silver in the said category. Talbot said “It was a pretty solid race. We have been rowing together for a week in the pair as we had a little bit of the injury in the team. So Nick had to swap positions in the boat.” James Talbot will race again in the PR3 Mixed Four on Saturday. 

The PR3 Women’s Pair of Al Viney and Alex Vuillermin had a rhythmic race and took the Silver Medal behind Great Britain.  Post-race, Viney and Vuillermin said, “We started well and managed to hit a good race rhythm.  We went for it and this is a great result. It really means a lot to us.”  

There was a mature and measured race in the repechage of the Men’s Eight from the young Australian crew, which has five World Championship debutantes. Setting a strong rhythm, they pushed away from the field and took the win to qualify for the A-Final.  

Coach Mark Prater said: “I’m happy with the result but most pleased with how we rowed today, it was a good step up from the heat, where we learnt a lot. The A-Final will be another step up but I’m feeling positive and excited for Sunday.” 

Tara Rigney had a solid race where she hit second through the 500m and held onto that position all the way to the line, despite big efforts from the Chinese and Swiss sculler to take her spot. Tara will race in the A-Final having qualified in the faster of the two A/B Semi-Finals. She will race on Sunday against the Olympic Champion from New Zealand and for her overall world ranking in her debut at the World Championships. 

Post-race, Rigney said, “The positive is that I qualified for the A Final.  It will be my first final at the World Championship level.  I am going to enjoy the experience and give it a red-hot crack.”  

PR1 Men’s Single Scull representative, Erik Horrie OAM, duelled with the Great Britian sculler all the way down the course in his A/B Semi-Final. Horrie finished second to qualify for the A-Final.   

Jack Cleary raced in the Men’s Single in the faster of the two A/B Semi-Final heats, he was in third through 750m but a push from the Kiwi single that triggered a push from across the field, pushed Cleary into fourth and then sixth by the half-way mark, a position maintained until the line. He will race in the B-Final in an attempt to obtain the best possible ranking (7th to 12th). 

The crew schedules for today (Saturday 24th September) from 10:48am GMT+2/6:48pm AEST are A-Finals of the PR3 Mixed Coxed Four (9:18pm), Men’s Pair (9:51pm), Women’s Four (10:39pm), Men’s Four (10:54pm) and Women’s Quad (11:10pm). With B-Finals of the Women’s Pair (7:48pm) and Women’s Lightweight Double (8:04pm) and the C-Final of the Men’s Lightweight Double (6:48pm). 

Tune into Foxtel Channel 577 or Kayo all week for the racing. 

The racing schedule and live racing updates can be seen via the World Rowing website: 

Follow the Rowing Australia social media channels for the latest updates, as well as photos and video coverage of the Australian Rowing Team. 

For any information about team members, have a look at their biographies here: Australian Rowing Team Biographies 

Day Six Results: 

PR2 Women’s Single (PR2W1X) SILVER 

Kat Ross 

PR3 Men’s Pair (PR3 M2-) SILVER 

James Talbot 

Nicholas Neales 

PR3 Women’s Pair (PR3 W2-) SILVER 

Al Viney 

Alex Vuillermin 

Men’s Eight (M8+) 1st -> A FINAL 

Rohan Lavery 

Nicholas Lavery 

Henry Youl  

Benjamin Canham 

Angus Widdicombe 

Sam Hardy 

William O’Shannessy 

Jackson Kench 

Cox: Kendall Brodie 

Men’s Double Scull (M2X) 2nd -> A FINAL 

Caleb Antill 

David Bartholot 

Women’s Single Scull (W1X) 2nd-> A FINAL 

Tara Rigney 

PR1 Men’s Single (PR1 M1X) 2nd -> A FINAL 

Erik Horrie OAM 

Women’s Lightweight Single (WLW1X) 5th IN C FINAL -> 14TH OVERALL 

Georgia Nesbitt 

Men’s Lightweight Single (MLW1X) 3rd IN B FINAL -> 9TH OVERALL 

Hamish Harding 

 

World Championships Crew List 

WOMEN 

Women’s Single Scull (W1X)  

Tara Rigney 

Coach: Ellen Randell 

Women’s Quad Sculls (W4X)  

Amanda Bateman 

Kate Rowan  

Rowena Meredith 

Harriet Hudson 

Coach: John Keogh 

Women’s Coxless Four (W4-)  

Annabelle McIntyre OAM 

Lucy Stephan OAM 

Katrina Werry 

Bronwyn Cox   

Coach: John Keogh 

Women’s Eight (W8+)  

Paige Barr  

Jacqueline Swick 

Georgina Rowe 

Emma Fessey 

Ella Bramwell 

Eleanor Price 

Jean Mitchell 

Giorgia Patten 

Cox: Talia Barnett-Hepples 

Coach: Tom Westgarth 

Women’s Coxless Pair (W2-)  

Eliza Gaffney  

Georgie Gleeson 

Coach: Tom Westgarth 

Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls (WLW2X)  

Anneka Reardon 

Lucy Coleman 

Coach: Ellen Randell 

Women’s Lightweight Single Scull (WLW1X)  

Georgia Nesbitt 

Coach: Ellen Randell 

Women’s Reserve: 

Laura Gourley 

PARA  

PR2 Women’s Single Scull (PR2 W1X) 

Kathryn Ross  

Coach: Renae Domaschenz 

PR1 Men’s Single Sculls (PR1 M1X) 

Erik Horrie OAM 

Coach: Jason Baker OAM 

PR3 Mixed Coxed Four (PR3 Mix4+) 

Alexandra Viney  

Thomas Birtwhistle 

Jessica Gallagher 

James Talbot 

Cox: Teesaan Koo 

Coach: Gordon Marcks 

PR3 Women’s Coxless Pair (PR3 W2-) 

Alex Vuillermin 

Alexandra Viney 

Coach: Gordon Marcks 

PR3 Men’s Coxless Pair (PR3 M2-) 

James Talbot 

Nicholas Neales 

Coach: Gordon Marcks 

MEN 

Men’s Coxless Pair (M2-)  

Alex Hill OAM 

Harley Moore 

Coach: Lyall McCarthy OAM 

Men’s Coxless Four (M4-)  

Joseph O’Brien 

Jack Hargreaves OAM 

Alex Purnell OAM 

Spencer Turrin OAM 

Coach: Rhett Ayliffe 

Men’s Eight (M8+)  

Rohan Lavery 

Nicholas Lavery 

Henry Youl  

Benjamin Canham 

Angus Widdicombe 

Sam Hardy 

William O’Shannessy 

Jackson Kench 

Cox: Kendall Brodie 

Coach: Mark Prater 

Men’s Double Sculls (M2X)  

Caleb Antill 

David Bartholot 

Coach: Lyall McCarthy OAM 

Men’s Single Scull (M1X)  

Jack Cleary 

Coach: Lyall McCarthy OAM 

Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls (MLW2X)  

Oscar McGuinness  

Redmond Matthews 

Coach: David Fraumano 

Men’s Lightweight Single Scull (MLW1X)  

Hamish Harding 

Coach: David Fraumano 

Men’s Reserves: 

Patrick Holt 

Simon Keenan