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Under 23 Australian Rowing Team ready for World Rowing U23 Championships

Team trained on Lake Rama in Bosnia & Herzegovina ahead of the event that runs from 22 to 26 July in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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The Under 23 Australian Rowing Team will begin racing this Wednesday at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The 10 Australian crews selected are amongst the 51 countries that are set to compete at the event that runs from 22 to 26 July in Bulgaria’s second largest city.

The regatta course in Plovdiv is a man-made canal stretching 2,300 metres along the Maritza River in the centre of the city. Framed by forest that provides natural shelter from the sun the venue is also set to host the 2018 World Rowing Championships.

The Australian Rowing Team crews selected to compete include the Senior A Men’s Pair, and World Rowing Cup II 2015 bronze medalists, Jack Hargreaves and Nick Wheatley. The New South Welshmen, who claimed an U23 silver medal in the same event last year, will compete in one of the three U23 Men’s Pairs (BM2-) heats on Thursday morning in a bid to go straight into Sunday’s final.

Other familiar names returning to the U23 Australian Rowing Team this year include Louis Snelson, who claimed silver in the U23 Men’s Coxed Eight at last year’s event. Snelson, who has been based in the USA rowing out of University of California Berkeley, will be racing in the Men’s Coxed Four.

Snelson will be joined in the crew by James Croxford, Jack Cleary, Sam Hardy and coxswain Louis Copolov and said from Bulgaria: “It’s great to once again be part of the U23 Australian Rowing Team and to this time have the opportunity to compete in a different boat.

“Prior to travelling to Europe, the US-based athletes had a great training period at Dartmouth College which set us up nicely to head into Lake Rama for our preparation camp.

“It’s been good to train with the entire squad in Bosnia and Herzegovina before we arrived into Plovdiv and I’m hoping I can improve on last year’s silver medal with the Eight to a gold with the boys in the Coxed Four. We’ve worked hard as a crew and have confidence in our ability to achieve in Plovdiv.”

There are a number of athletes returning to the U23 side this year including Hamish Parry and Jack Armitage (BLM2-), Katrina Werry and Addy Dunkley-Smith, who last year competed in the U23 Women’s Eight, have combined to race the U23 Women’s Pair. Luke Letcher also returns, but this time to race in the U23 Men’s Double Scull with Tom Schramko who recently made the step up from the Junior Australian Rowing Team.

The Men’s Quadruple Scull include athletes who last year raced in the Under 21 Australian Rowing Team, including Rob Black and Alex Purnell, while in the female equivalent boat Georgie Gotch, Leah Saunders and Tessa Carty return to the U23s.

Head Coach and Australia’s National Talent Pathway Manager, Barnaby Eaton said: “The U23 group has worked hard at its training camp at Lake Rama in Bosnia and Herzegovina  and are now eager to get racing here in Plovdiv.

“We’re looking forward to seeing some strong performances from across the board and hopefully improving further on the results we achieved at last year’s U23 World Championships.

“This event is an important one for a number of our athletes looking to make the step up from Under 23s to Senior A in the next year or so and provides a fantastic opportunity to represent Australia on a world stage.”

The race schedule can be found here on World Rowing’s website, while the draw will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) at 15:00 local time. RA will update its website accordingly to make readers aware of Australian crews’ race times.

U23 Australian Rowing Team for the World Rowing U23 Championships 2015

U23 Men’s Coxless Pair
Nicholas Wheatley (NSW – NTC-Canberra/ Sydney University BC)
Jack Hargreaves (NSW – NTC-Canberra/ Sydney University BC)
Coach: Mark Prater (NSW – Sydney University BC)

U23 Men’s Coxed Four
Louis Snelson (NSW – NSWIS/ UC Berkeley – Sydney RC)
James Croxford (VIC/ Harvard – Melbourne University BC)
Sam Hardy (NSW/ Harvard – Sydney RC)
Jack Cleary (WA/ UC Berkeley)
Coxswain: Louis Copolov (VIC/ Northeastern)
Coach: Tom Laurich (VIC – VIS)

U23 Men’s Double Scull
Luke Letcher (ACT – NTC-Canberra/ Black Mountain RC)
Thomas Schramko (NSW – NSWIS/ Mosman RC)
Coach: Nick Garratt (NSW – Mosman RC)

U23 Lightweight Men’s Single Scull
Jack Kelly (SA/ Harvard – Adelaide RC)
Coach: Tom Laurich (VIC – VIS)

U23 Men’s Quadruple Scull
Christopher Hayes (WA/ Swan River RC)
Robert Black (NSW/ Mosman RC)
Alexander Purnell (NSW/ Sydney University BC)
William Mure (TAS/ Huon Rowing Club)
Coach: Antonio Maurogiovanni (WA – Swan River RC)

U23 Lightweight Men’s Coxless Pair
Hamish Parry (QLD – QAS/ Toowong RC)
John Armitage (QLD – QAS/ Toowong RC)
Coach: Ben Southwell (QLD – QAS)

U23 Women’s Coxless Four
Georgina Howe (VIC – VIS/ Princeton – Melbourne University BC)
Sarah Davis (ACT – ACTAS/ Ohio State – ANUBC)
Jacinta Edmunds (QLD/ UC Berkeley – Commercial RC)
Rachel Engel (VIC/ Ohio State – Mercantile RC)
Coach: Vicky Spencer (ACT)

U23 Women’s Coxless Pair
Katrina Werry (VIC – VIS/ Mercantile RC)
Addy Dunkley-Smith (VIC – VIS/ Mercantile RC)
Coach: Simon Gadsden (VIC – Mercantile RC)

U23 Women’s Quadruple Scull
Leah Saunders (NSW – NSWIS/Sydney RC)
Georgina Gotch (NSW – NSWIS/Mosman RC)
Rowena Meredith (NSW – Mosman RC)
Tessa Carty (QLD – QAS/ Bundaberg RC)
Coach: Judith Ungemach (NSW – Mosman RC)

U23 Lightweight Women’s Double Scull
Amy James (QLD/ Toowong RC)
Holly Lawrence (NSW/ UTS RC)
Coach: Alex Field (QLD – Toowong RC)