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U23 Australian Rowing Team set to take on the world in Poland

World Rowing U23 Championships run from 25 to 29 July in Poznan, Poland;

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Australia’s top Under 23 athletes will take on competitors from across the globe this week at the 2018 World Rowing Under 23 Championships being held in Poznan, Poland. Australia’s nine crews will race from today (25 July) to 29 July in a bid to be crowned World U23 Champions.

Nearly 900 athletes from 55 nations will be racing this week on Lake Malta. Australia will be represented in the Lightweight Men’s and Women’s Single Sculls, the Men’s Single Scull, the Men’s and Women’s Pair, the Women’s Double Scull, the Lightweight Women’s Double Scull, the Men’s Coxed Four and the Women’s Eight.

Due to the withdrawal of Matthew Curtin from the Under 23 Australian Rowing Team, Leon Chambers, who was selected, alongside Curtin, in the U23 Lightweight Men’s Double Scull, has returned to Canberra for trials with the Senior Australian Rowing Team for the 2018 World Rowing Championships.

Deputy Performance Director, Jaime Fernandez said: “The U23 team had a good pre-departure camp at the Hancock Prospecting Women’s National Training in Centre before departing for Europe. The team was lucky enough to not only prepare at World Rowing Cup 3 in Lucerne but also for a period of time at the AIS European Training Centre in Varese.

“We’re hopeful that the above opportunity and experienced gained in Lucerne, when racing amongst senior competition, has assisted the crews in their preparation and in turn can be translated into strong results in Poland this week. It is fantastic to see such a large amount of entries across our various boat classes, which will no doubt provide great competition.”

Australia’s Men’s Coxed Four will be first up to race on Lake Malta. The crew of Alexander Clarke, Zac von Appen, Kane Grant, Fraser Pensini and coxswain, Sarah Ben-David, will take on Ukraine, Denmark, USA and Great Britain at 15:05 local time (23:05 AEST).

They will be promptly followed by Lightweight Men’s Single Sculler, Sean Murphy, who will race at15:30 local time (23:30 AEST). Murphy finished sixth at World Rowing Cup 3 in Lucerne and will no doubt be hoping to further improve upon his racing results this week.

West Australian Sam Marsh will race at 16:25 local time (00:25 AEST) in a bid to make the quarter-finals of the U23 Men’s Single Sculls. The Swan River Rowing Club member will take on athletes from Latvia, Germany, Ireland and France.

2017 U23 World Championships silver medallist, Bronwyn Cox of UWA Boat Club, will this year partner with West Australian Rowing Club’s Giorgia Patten in the Women’s Pair. The duo, who finished sixth in Lucerne will be hot favourites this week and will race at 16:40 local time (00:40 AEST) in a bid to make Friday’s semi-finals.

Andrew Judge and Jack O’Brien will race in their heat of the U23 Men’s Pair at 17:10 local time (01:10 AEST). Taking on crews from Russia, Greece and Italy, the Sydney University Boat Club crew will need a top two finish to automatically make Friday’s semi-finals and avoid the repechage.

Thursday will see Australia’s Lightweight Women’s Single Sculler, Wallis Russell, take to the water, along with the U23 Women’s Double Scull of Harriet Hudson and Ria Thompson. The Lightweight Women’s Double Scull of Verayna Zilm and Georgina Masters will also be in action.

Rounding of Thursday morning’s heats will be the U23 Women’s Eight of Elise Franetic, Lucy Pearce, Maddison Brown, Eloise Parker, Ellen Pozzi, Dyone Bettega, Kate Rowan, Rafaela Stalph and coxswain Rebecca Harrisson.

Rowing Australia will be posting daily wrap-ups of racing to its website ( and its social media channels, with the results from Saturday and Sunday’s finals to be sent out to the media.

Please see below the race times for the heats of the U23 Australian Rowing Team at the 2018 World Rowing Championships.

25 July 2018

U23 Men’s Coxed Four (Clarke, Grant, von Appen, Pensini and Ben-David) – 23:05 AEST (15:05 local time)
U23 Lightweight Men’s Single Scull (Murphy) – 23:30 AEST (15:30 local time)
U23 Men’s Single Scull (Marsh) – 00:25 AEST (16:25 local time)
U23 Women’s Pair (Cox and Patten) – 00:40 AEST (16:40 local time)
U23 Men’s Pair (Judge and O’Brien) – 01:10 AEST (17:10 local time)

26 July 2018

U23 Women’s Double Scull (Hudson and Thompson) – 17:35 AEST (09:35 local time)
U23 Lightweight Women’s Single Scull (Russell) – 18:20 AEST (10:20 local time)
U23 Lightweight Women’s Double Scull (Masters and Zilm) – 18:55 AEST (10:55 local time)
U23 Women’s Eight (Franetic, Pearce, Brown, Parker, Pozzi, Bettega, Rowan, Stalph and Harrisson) – 20:05 AEST (12:05 local time)

Further updates to race times will be on the RA website post-racing tonight, subject to results.