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U23 Australian Rowing Team prepare to take on the world in Bulgaria

Seven crews set to race in Plovdiv at World Rowing U23 Championships

Australia’s seven Under 23 crews have arrived in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and will this week race at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships. The Australia team is among 854 athletes from 54 nations who have travelled to Bulgaria for the regatta.

The event, which runs from 19 to 23 July, will see Australia race in a bid to become World Champions in the following U23 events – Women’s Four, Women’s Pair, Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Scull, Women’s Quadruple Scull, Men’s Four, Men’s Coxed Four and Men’s Single Scull.

Australia’s crews come from across the country and have trained under the guidance of their schools, clubs and State Institutes and Academies of Sports ahead of being selected to race at the pinnacle event for their age group. The crews trained across the country before departing for Europe and basing themselves at the AIS European Training Centre in Gavirate, Italy for a period of time ahead of the event.

Two of Australia’s crews feature 2016 World Rowing U23 Champions, in the form of Caleb Antill in the Men’s Single Scull and Rob Black in the Men’s Four. In 2016 the duo combined, along with Luke Letcher and Tom Schramko, to win the U23 Men’s Quadruple Scull.

Meanwhile, Australia’s U23 Women’s Quadruple Scull includes three members of the Australian Senior Team who recently won silver and bronze medals at the World Rowing Cups. 2017 World Rowing Cup medallists Genevieve Horton, Rowena Meredith and Caitlin Cronin will be joined in the U23 Women’s Quadruple Scull by Harriet Hudson for this event.

The youngest crew of the team is the exciting combination of the Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Scull made up of Georgina Masters (20), Wallis Russell (17), Madeleine Williams (18) and Verayna Zilm (19). Russell and Williams were part of Queensland’s Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Scull that won the 2017 Interstate Regatta, and the young looking Quad looks to have plenty of years of racing ahead of it.

Antill, who is a member of the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre, said: “I wasn’t fortunate enough to make the Senior Team this year, however, I was lucky enough to be selected into the single scull to race U23s which has been awesome. After the senior team departed, I moved over to Perth to train under Rhett Ayliffe, one of the Olympic coaches last year, who is working with the U23 Women’s Pair this year, and it has been great preparation.”

Pathways Head Coach, Lyall McCarthy said he was happy with how the crews had been preparing both in Penrith, prior to departure for Europe, and also in Italy: “I am absolutely happy with the crews’ performances so far. I have expectations that we will be extremely competitive on the water here in Plovdiv.

“I can’t say that we are going to win gold, silver or bronze because I haven’t seen the opposition yet, but as far as our preparation goes they are all on track to have the best result they can achieve.”

The draw will take place on Tuesday 18 July, with an updated race schedule available here in due course.

Live streaming of the A-Finals will be available via World Rowing’s website here.

Rowing Australia will be providing daily reports via its website here, with a final event round-up distributed to the media post-event on 23 July. RA will be providing full updates also via its social media accounts – Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

U23 Australian Rowing Team to compete at 2017 World Rowing U23 Championships
(US University (if applicable), Club, SIS/SAS and State in brackets)

U23 Men’s Single Scull
Caleb Antill (Australian National University BC/RBNTC/ACT)
Coach: Rhett Ayliffe (WAIS/WA)

U23 Men’s Four
Harley Moore (University of Queensland BC/QAS/QLD)
Adam Bakker (University of Queensland BC/QAS/QLD)
Liam Donald (Mercantile RC/VIS/VIC)
Rob Black (Mercantile RC/NSWIS/NSW)
Coach: Antonio Maurogiovanni (Swan River RC/WA)

U23 Men’s Coxed Four
Henry Youl (Tamar RC/TIS/TAS)
Sam Hardy (Harvard University/Sydney RC/NSW)
Sam Marsh (Swan River RC/WAIS/WA)
Andrew Judge (Sydney University BC/NSW)
Coxswain – Georgia Litt (Adelaide University BC/SA)
Coach: Ben Southwell (QAS/QLD)

U23 Women’s Pair
Annabelle McIntyre (Fremantle RC/WAIS/WA)
Bronwyn Cox (University of WA/WAIS/WA)
Coach: Rhett Ayliffe (WAIS/WA)

U23 Women’s Four
Rafaela Stalph (Harvard/Sydney University BC/NSW)
Amanda Bateman (Mercantile RC/VIC)
India Dempsey (Mercantile RC/VIC)
Elise Franetic (Melbourne University BC/VIC)
Coach: Annabelle Eaton (Melbourne University BC/VIC)

U23 Women’s Quadruple Scull
Caitlin Cronin (University of Queensland BC/HPWNTC/QLD)
Rowena Meredith (Sydney University BC/HPWNTC/NSW)
Genevieve Horton (Sydney University BC/HPWNTC/NSW)
Harriet Hudson (Sydney RC/NSWIS/NSW)
Coach: Ellen Randell (HPWNTC)

U23 Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Scull
Wallis Russell (Sydney University BC/QAS/QLD)
Verayna Zlim (Adelaide RC/SASI/SA)
Madeleine Williams (University of Queensland BC/QLD)
Georgina Masters (UTS RC/NSWIS/NSW)
Coach: Alfie Young (Sydney University BC/NSW)

Key:
HPWNTC: Hancock Prospecting Women’s National Training Centre
RBNTC: Reinhold Batschi National Training Centre
NSWIS: New South Wales Institute of Sport
VIS: Victorian Institute of Sport
SASI: South Australian Institute of Sport
TIS: Tasmanian Institute of Sport
WAIS: West Australian Institute of Sport
QAS: Queensland Academy of Sport