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SUBC shows strong international presence over 2017 Australian Winter

by Will Raven | August 28, 2017
SUBC shows strong international presence over 2017 Australian Winter

Sydney University Boat Club (SUBC) have shown a strong international presence over the 2017 Australian Winter. 

SUBC has produced 48 athletes who have competed internationally over the 2017 Winter, covering a number of tours, including National Senior and U23 reps, IURR China, Canadian Henley, Henley Royal Regatta (UK), Trans-Tasman (NZ) and Korea. Not only was the sheer number of international representation impressive, the results as well have been outstanding.

China International Universities Rowing Regatta (IURR), Hangzhou, Cixi and Changsha

SUBC Men’s eight went undefeated throughout the regatta, taking out wins in Hangzhou and Changsha, as well as combining in two composite crews with The University of Amsterdam to take out wins in both races in Cixi. Other notable crews who competed were Harvard, Washington, Yale and Brown from the US, University of London and Kings College, Cambridge from the UK, the university of Odense and the University of Amsterdam.

Jack O’Brien, Leon Chambers, Devlin Walsh, Marcus Britt, Morgan Brooking, Charlie Wheatley, Nathan Young, Matthew Murray, Harry Wright, Dani Pettit, William Raven and Don McLachlan (Coach).

China International Universities Rowing Regatta (IURR) Chengdu

SUBC sent a men’s eight and women’s four of residential college athletes from Sydney Uni. Racing held over 800m, with each crew racing twice, and the times added together to calculate the overall winners. The competition included crews from Cambridge (UK), Otago (NZ) and Yale (US). The women came away ranked sixth, whilst them men finished in seventh.

Nick Jackman, Gus Robinson, Harry Tuit, Jackson Garrels, Max Glanville, George Bundock, Alistair Northam, Andrew Cameron, Dom Tynan, Georgia Campbell, Amelia Hellicar-Foster, Fangqi Cui, Florence Potter and Saskia Hartog. Coaches Charly Iron, Gill Campbell and Alan Bennett.

Canadian Henley

SUBC sent a squad of six athletes, with a women’s pair racing in three events, and the sculling group racing the quad twice, and splitting into two doubles for their third event. Canadian Henley is racing held over six lanes, with large numbers of entries in every event, with the regatta being in its 135th year. A key part of the regatta is no repechages, so many top crews can be knocked out early in the regatta, even though it’s over a standard six lane course.  Notable results were the women’s U23 Double winning along with the women’s U23 Quad winning. The pair had a strong showing coming away ranked fifth in the U23 event.

Carina Simpson, Serena Cox, Dyone Bettega, Lauren Fornasaro, Loren Parsons, Laura Triggs and Debbie Fox (Coach).

Korea, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) World Class Universities Rowing Regatta

SUBC sent a men’s and women’s coxed four, who were to combine to race a mixed eight. This regatta also included a number of erg competitions. Key competitors in Korea were Harvard from the US and Cambridge from the UK. The women’s squad took out the top three places in the individual and won the team erg, the men claimed a second place in the individual erg. In the boat, the women won the four, whilst the men claimed silver. Both fours combined to win the mixed eight.

Anna O’Hanlon, Morgan Brooking, Harry Wright, Nathan Young, Jayson Gilchrist, Rebecca Humphris, Jaime Ford, Olina Parrish, Lizzie Treloar and Ray Boyle (Coach).

Henley Royal Regatta, UK

Olympic Silver Medallist, Cam Girdlestone raced in the Diamond Challenge Sculls. Henley is unique in the format of racing, being head to head knock out racing conducted over a week, on a flowing body of water, with racing held over 2112m. Henley is known as the most prestigious and famous regatta around the world. Cam raced well in the early stages of the regatta, making it to the semi-finals, being knocked out by the eventual winner.

Cam Girdlestone and Don McLachlan (Coach)

Trans-Tasman (U21)

SUBC is represented by two athletes in the U21 Trans-Tasman Regatta, where athletes race a small, medium and big boat. Charlie Wheatley is six wins from six starts after the first round in Australia, Devlin is four wins from six starts. The team is currently in NZ competing in the second round of racing.

Charlie Wheatley and Devlin Walsh.

World Cup II

The Australian Senior team contains seven SUBC athletes spread across a number of boat classes, notable results from World Cup II were Jack Hargreaves claiming Gold in the Men’s four, and Gen Horton and Rowena Meredith claiming silver in the Women’s Quad.

Jack Hargreaves, Alex Purnell, Campbell Watts, Gen Horton, Rowena Meredith, Georgia Miansarow and Fiona Ewing.

World Cup III

World Cup III saw some Australian crews reshuffled to play around with combinations and target different boat classes. SUBC again had seven athletes on tour, notable performances came from Georgia Miansarow claiming gold in the lightweight women’s quad, and setting a new world best time in the process, Gen Horton and Rowena Meredith claimed bronze in the women’s quad, and in a new look men’s eight Jack Hargreaves and Alex Purnell claimed silver in a tightly fought battle with the Germen World Best time holders.

Jack Hargreaves, Alex Purnell, Campbell Watts, Gen Horton, Rowena Meredith, Georgia Miansarow and Fiona Ewing. 

U23 World Rowing Championships

The U23 World Champs saw SUBC represented by five athletes. This was a strong representation from a relatively small team. Gen Horton and Rowena Meredith again stood out claiming silver in the women’s quad. Andrew Judge finished fifth in the men’s coxed four, Wallis Russell was sixth in the lightweight women’s quad and Rafaela Stalph was eighth in the women’s four.

Wallis Russell, Andrew Judge, Rafaela Stalph, Gen Horton, Rowena Meredith and Alfie Young (Coach).

Athletes: Jack O’Brien, Leon Chambers, Devlin Walsh, Marcus Britt, Morgan Brooking, Charlie Wheatley, Nathan Young, Matthew Murray, Harry Wright, Dani Pettit, William Raven, Nick Jackman, Gus Robinson, Harry Tuit, Jackson Garrels, Max Glanville, George Bundock, Alistair Northam, Andrew Cameron, Dom Tynan, Georgia Campbell, Amelia Hellicar-Foster, Fangqi Cui, Florence Potter, Saskia Hartog, Carina Simpson, Serena Cox, Dyone Bettega, Lauren Fornasaro, Loren Parsons, Laura Triggs, Anna O’Hanlon, Jayson Gilchrist, Rebecca Humphris, Jaime Ford, Olina Parrish, Lizzie Treloar, Cam Girdlestone, Jack Hargreaves, Alex Purnell, Campbell Watts, Gen Horton, Rowena Meredith, Georgia Miansarow, Fiona Ewing, Wallis Russell, Andrew Judge and Rafaela Stalph. (48)

Coaches: Don McLachlan, William Raven, Charly Iron, Gill Campbell, Alan Bennett. Debbie Fox, Alfie Young and Ray Boyle. (8)

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