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Archived latest news items: March 2009

Friday 27 March

Issue 48 of Australian Rowing News: now available

Contents include:

  • From the CEO
  • New South Wales remains king of Australian rowing
  • Kehoe and Crawshay crowned sculling champions
  • Olympic silver medalists win second pairs title
  • Queensland rowing welcomes new recruit
  • Brennan scoops more prizes
  • Olympians visit Victoria Bush Fire Region
  • Olympic and Paralympic Committees Urge Government to Act Quickly on Funding for Athletes
  • Heath named Junior Athlete of the Year
  • Sydney 2009 World Masters Games
  • 2009 Events of Interest
  • Athlete Profile

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Tuesday 17 March

2009 Australian Masters Championships – update

With only 11 weeks to go, the 2009 Australian Masters Championships in Rockhampton are fast approaching!

May is a busy month for tourism in Rockhampton, so get in NOW and call the Rockhampton Tourist Bureau to secure your and your club's accommodation for the 2009 Masters. Phone 1800 805 865 or (07) 4922 2855 Email: info@rockhamptoninfo.com. The event organisers have secured blocks of accommodation throughout Rockhampton to make sure that you get a bed, however you need to get in before the end of the March.

This year will prove to be the best Australian Masters Championships to date, with the mighty Fitzroy River being in splendid condition and a comprehensive social program planned for your all your off-water needs:

  • Friday evening 29 May – Free rodeo for all competitors at the Great Western Hotel
  • Saturday evening 30 May – Bonfires and steak burgers at the course, provided by Teys Brothers, Australia's leading beef processor.

Organisers are also arranging a big screen for the Championships so you will be able to view all the photos of the previous day's racing on a 4m x 3m screen!

The order of events and Bulletin 2 have now been published.

For more information on the Championships please go to the Rowing Queensland website or contact:

Adam Horner, Event Manager
02 6256 5999
ahorner@rowingaustralia.com.au

Cameron Allen, Event Coordinator
07 3842 1200
camerona@rowingqld.asn.au


Tuesday 17 March

World Rowing Masters Regatta – 2009, Vienna

In 2009, the World Rowing Masters Regatta will take place in Vienna, Austria from 3 to 6 September – details –


Friday 13 March

NRCE memo for all High Performance athletes and coaches

Download memo (pdf, 108kb)


Wednesday 11 March

National Selection Trials – initial invitation list

At the conclusion of the National Championships, the National Senior A and Under 23 Selection Panel have confirmed the following invitations for athletes (pdf, 320kb) to attend the National Selection Trials between 17–26 April 2009.


Monday 9 March

Position vacant:
SASI Rowing – Head Coach

Enquiries: Steve Tutton
Phone: +61 (0)8 7424 7697

Position description (pdf, 32kb)

Closing date: 20 March 2009


Sunday 8 March

RA media release:
New South Wales reign supreme in King’s Cup

New South Wales has defended their King’s Cup title after a dominant display in the men’s eight race at Lake Barrington, Tasmania.

In fast tail wind conditions New South Wales was never challenged by the other four crews to the delight of the New South Wales support crew on the river bank. They crossed the line in a time of 5:30.80 to defeat arch rivals Victoria, with Western Australia finishing in third place.

New South Wales sprung out of the blocks and held a two second lead over Victoria after the first 500 metres and they were able to extend that lead by another second by the halfway mark of the race.

South Australia, who were attempting to end their 26 year drought in Australia’s most famous rowing race, were never in contention and could only just hang on to third placed Western Australia.

Heading into the final 500 metres it was clear that New South Wales would hold onto the trophy then won in 2008 and with four strokes left, coxen Toby Lister raised his arms in celebration.

Stroked by Terrence Alfred, the New South Wales crew also included Fergus Pragnell, Dan Noonan, Sam Loch, Nick Hudson, Dominic Grimm, Richard Allsop and Matt Ryan.

Matt Ryan, silver medallist in the men’s four at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, said to get another win over Victoria was satisfying.

“Victoria has done so well in this event and to be able to go back to back over them is awesome,” Ryan said. “We went out pretty hard and had built a good lead up and here we are as champions again.”

Victoria triumphed in the men’s youth eight earlier in afternoon in a time of 5:43.87 ahead of Western Australia and Queensland.
Victoria was also awarded the Rowing Australia Cup for overall winners of the Interstate Regatta.

For information on all races please visit www.rowingaustralia.com.au

Photos available on request from The Mercury, The Examiner and The Advocate

For more information please call David Polglase on 0408 056 914


Sunday 8 March

RA media release:
Victoria remains Queen of Australian Rowing

Victoria has added yet another Queen’s Cup women’s eight title to their collection in the penultimate race of the 2009 Interstate Regatta at Lake Barrington, Tasmania.

In the 11 years the event has now been contested, Victoria has won eight titles and their display left the remainder of the field fighting for the minor medals.

The Victorian crew, stroked by Olympian Sarah Heard came out of the start with good rhythm in the light tail wind conditions and had a three second lead after the first 500 metres of the race. They maintained this advantage down the course to eventually cross the line in a time of 6:17.24.

In the race for second Queensland held off the challenge from Western Australia.

Heard said that the crew had pulled together really well and was determined to keep Victoria’s strong record in the event intact.

“We’ve had a fair changeover from the girls that won the event last year but we combined really well today,” Heard said. “We realised we were favourites heading into today but we are all thrilled with the win.”

Queensland retained the Women’s Youth Eight in a time of 6:24.25. They won the Bicentenary Cup, while Western Australia was second and South Australia finished in the bronze medal position.

The Interstate Regatta features eight races that combine to decide the champion state and winner of the Rowing Australia Cup.

Full Victorian Queen’s Cup crew: Sarah Heard, Pauline Frasca, Phoebe Stanley, Alison Crowe, Lisa Szatsznajder, Joanna Gray, Emy Huntsman, Sophie Robson.

For full race results please visit www.rowingaustralia.com.au

Photo available on request from The Mercury, The Examiner and The Advocate

For more information please call David Polglase on 0408 056 914


Sunday 8 March

RA media release:
Tasmania miss out on lightweight double

Tasmanian crews have narrowly missed out double success at the Interstate Regatta by claiming in front of a raucous local crowd at Lake Barrington, Tasmania.

The women’s lightweight quad scull crew of Emily Grant, Ella Flecker, Carly Cottam and Ingrid Fenger started off proceedings well for Tasmania after winning in a time of 6:36.77.

They led for the entire race to cross the line ahead of Victoria and Queensland.

Cottom said the support had been amazing.

“The whole week here has been amazing and the support of the crowd has been unbelievable,” Cottam said. “The feeling that we had when we crossed the line has made all the hard work worth it.”

Western Australia then won the Penrith Cup for the men’s lightweight four for the third consecutive year, disappointing the local crowd who had been looking for a Tasmanian double in the lightweight classes.

In what has developed into a two state race in the last decade, Tasmania held the lead after the first half of the race but were overcome by the West Australian crew of Todd Skipworth, Tom Nicholls, Ross Brown and Perry Ward who won in a time of 6:12.81. Queensland finished in second place, while Tasmania had to settle for the bronze medal.

The Interstate Regatta features eight races that combine to decide the champion state and winner of the Rowing Australia Cup.

For full race results please visit www.rowingaustralia.com.au

Photo available on request from The Mercury, The Examiner and The Advocate

For more information please call David Polglase on 0408 056 914


Sunday 8 March

RA media release:
Crawshay leads from front for Victoria

Victorian team captain David Crawshay has won his second President’s Cup after producing a stunning victory in Lake Barrington, Tasmania.

The President’s Cup is awarded to the winner of the men’s Interstate single scull, and Crawshay, buoyed by his success in the national championships earlier in the week, did not let Victoria down.

In perfect conditions Crawshay controlled the race from the start and crossed the line in a time of 6:54.64. Western Australia’s Jeremy Stevenson came home like a steam train to finish a boat length behind Crawshay, while Jared Bidwell (QLD) was third.

Crawshay has become one of the favourites of Australian rowing after his gutsy gold medal in the men’s double scull at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and was cheered on by a large crowd.

Crawshay said he always knew that the race would be a tough one to win.

“It was a strong field and I could see Jeremy (Stevenson) coming home pretty strongly,” Crawshay said. “It’s a great start to the day so hopefully we can carry it on in the King’s Cup.”

Crawshay will stroke the Victorian King’s Cup crew at 1.15pm today as they aim to regain the trophy from New South Wales.

The Interstate Regatta features eight races that combine to decide the champion state and winner of the Rowing Australia Cup.

For full race results please visit www.rowingaustralia.com.au

Photo available on request from The Mercury, The Examiner and The Advocate

For more information please call David Polglase on 0408 056 914


Sunday 8 March

RA media release:
Kehoe shines for Queensland

Sally Kehoe has given Queensland the ideal start to the Interstate Regatta as the 2009 Hydro Tasmania Australian Rowing Championships draw to a close at Lake Barrington, Tasmania.

The Interstate Regatta features eight races that combine to decide the champion state and winner of the Rowing Australia Cup.
Kehoe won her second Interstate women’s single scull title with a composed display. She entered the race as favourite, having earlier in the week been crowned national champion.

An explosive start saw Kehoe burst to the lead after 500m and she never looked back to cross the line in a time of 7:46.46. Victoria’s Lisa Szatsznajder finished in second place, with ACT’s Sarah Cook third.

Kehoe, shortly after receiving the Nell Slatter Trophy, said that representing Queensland was always an honour.

“To win both single events this week has been great and the Interstate Regatta is a really fun way to finish the week off,” Kehoe said. “There is always a real buzz winning a title for Queensland.”

Kehoe had previously won the Nell Slatter Trophy in 2005 and will stroke the Queensland crew in the Queen’s Cup later this afternoon.

For full race results please visit www.rowingaustralia.com.au

Photo available on request from The Mercury, The Examiner and The Advocate

For more information please call David Polglase on 0408 056 914


Saturday 7 March

King's Cup set to provide fitting finale

Spectators are set for tremendous King’s Cup showdown after the lane draw was made this afternoon at the 2009 Hydro Tasmania Australian Rowing Championships.

The three favourites for the King’s Cup, Victoria (Lane 3), South Australia (4) and New South Wales (5) have been drawn in adjoining lanes which will only make the race more intriguing.

South Australia, who last won the event in 1983, is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the South Australian Rowing Association and has had their crew in training for over 5 months in an attempt to wrestle the trophy away from the dominant force of Victoria.

Since 1990 Victoria has won 15 King’s Cup titles, while New South Wales is the defending champion after a 0.22 second triumph in 2008, a victory that does not sit well with their southern neighbours.

Victorian team captain, David Crawshay, says he expects a close race this year.

“A loss in the King’s Cup always stings but this year’s crew is pretty determined to bounce back and set the record straight,” Crawshay said. “It is always a really tough race with New South Wales, and I think South Australia and Western Australia could surprise a few people this year.”

The Interstate Regatta, which serves as the conclusion of the Australian Rowing Championships, features eight races across a number of boat classes and is considered the “State of Origin” of Australian rowing.

Sally Kehoe (QLD) will enter the women’s single scull (Nell Slatter Trophy) as favourite after claiming the national championship earlier in the week. Kehoe can expect to face strong competition from Sarah Cook (ACT) and Anna McRae (SA), as well as Kim Crow (VIC). Crow was unable to compete due to injury this week but has returned in time for the Interstate Regatta.

The men’ single scull promises to be another exciting affair as a number of top range athletes battle it out for the President’s Cup. Victorian David Crawshay, who will also line up in the King’s Cup later in the day, will look to win the event for the second time after also claiming victory in 2007. Jeremy Stevenson (WA) will push Crawshay all the way, while Taylor Wilczynski (TAS), Jared Bidwell (QLD) and Danjels Reedman (NSW) are all possibilities for third place.

Tasmania will enter the women’s lightweight quad scull race as the crew to beat with Carly Cottam, Ingrid Fenger, Emily Grant and Ella Flecker forming a formidable combination. South Australia, who have dominated the Victoria Cup for a number of years, will be in the running for a minor medal, along with New South Wales and Queensland.

The Penrith Cup, awarded to winner of the men’s lightweight coxless four, is expected to be a two horse race between Tasmania and Western Australia. The two states have shared the trophy since 1999 and Tasmania will enter the 2009 edition as slight favourites. They will be represented by Nick Baker, Shaun Finlayson, Blair Tunevitsch and Dion Birtwhistle, while the West Australian crew consists of Perry Ward, Tom Nicholls, Ross Brown and Todd Skipworth.

The men’s and women’s youth eights feature as the 5th and 6th events on the Interstate program. Queensland’s women will be aiming to defend the Bicentenary Cup, while Victoria can expect a strong challenge from New South Wales in the men’s Noel F. Wilkinson Trophy.

Victoria will also enter the Queen’s Cup for the open women’s eight as overwhelming favourites. They won the event last year by over six lengths, and despite having a new look crew should add a ninth title to their collection.

The Interstate Regatta will commence at 11.05am and will conclude with the running of the King’s Cup at 1.15pm.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0408 056 914


Saturday 7 March

Breezy conditions slow times at national championships

The penultimate day of racing at the 2009 Hydro Tasmania Australian Rowing Championships was held in tough, head wind conditions at Lake Barrington, Tasmania.

Victorian’s Phoebe Stanley and Pauline Frasca won their second national title in as many days when they combined with Elizabeth Kell (NSW) and Sarah Heard (VIC) in the women’s four to claim a comfortable victory.

Kell, Heard and Frasca were all members of the Australian women’s eight crew in Beijing last year, while Stanley was reserve, and they showed their experience and strength to cross the line in a time of 7:18.85. In second place was the AIS based crew of Laura Osti (SA), Georgia Baker (WA), Emma McCarthy (QLD) and Emily Rose (WA). They finished two seconds behind the winners, while their training companions at the AIS, Sylvie Withers (VIC), Alison Crowe (VIC), Charlotte Walters (TAS) and Sophie Robson (VIC) won the bronze medal.

The all Tasmanian crew of Nick Baker, Shaun Finlayson, Blair Tunevitsch and Dion Birtwhistle was victorious in the final of the men’s lightweight coxless four. They won in a time of 6:59.35, six seconds ahead of the West Australian combination of Tom Nicholls, Perry Ward, Ross Brown and Todd Skipworth.

The same two crews will battle it out for the Penrith Cup in the Interstate Regatta tomorrow. Tasmania and Western Australia have shared this trophy since 1999 and are expected to display another top contest.

Dominic Grimm (NSW), Tom Larkins (VIC), Fergus Pragnell (NSW) and Tom Swann (VIC) won the men’s coxless four, recording a boat length victory in a time of 6:21.77. Missing fellow Olympic silver medallist Francis Hegerty (NSW), the crew of Cameron McKenzie-McHarg (VIC), James Marburg (VIC) and Matt Ryan (NSW) were unable to find rhythm with Alexander Scharp (VIC) and finished in fourth place, eight seconds off the pace.

The open women’s eight race was taken out by Melbourne University in convincing fashion. Coxed by Lizzy Patrick and stroke by Sarah Heard, they recorded a time of 7:38.21 to lead home Sydney University and Mercantile.

For all results please visit www.rowingaustralia.com.au

For more information please call David Polglase on 0408 056 914


Friday 6 March

RA media release:
Watson speeds to national title

New South Wales rower Bronwen Watson has won the women’s lightweight single scull title at the 2009 Hydro Tasmania Australian Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington, Tasmania.

Watson, who was part of the world championship winning women’s lightweight quad scull crew in 2008, capitalised on a good start and won in a time of 7:44.21.

Watson finished in front of fellow world champion Alice McNamara (VIC), while 2008 Under 23 world champion in the women’s lightweight single scull, Carly Cottam (TAS) won the bronze medal.

One of the favourites, Ingrid Fenger, had to withdraw before the race began due to a shoulder injury.

Todd Skipworth added another Australian title to his collection with a solid victory in the final of the men’s lightweight single scull.

The West Australian, who represented Australia in Beijing in the men’s lightweight four, led out of the blocks to win in a time of 7:19.29 ahead of Toowong rower Robert Hoyes (QLD) and New South Wales rower Hugh McLeod.

The finals in the bigger boats will be held on Saturday morning, with feature races including the men’s four and women’s quad scull.

The lane draw for the Interstate Regatta will also be conducted on Saturday.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0408 056 914


Friday 6 March

RA media release:
Crawshay crowned national champion

David Crawshay has underlined his status as Australia’s top sculler by winning the men’s single scull at the 2009 Hydro Tasmania Australian Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington, Tasmania.

Crawshay, who was part of the men’s double scull crew at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games that won gold, executed a perfectly timed race to surge through the field in the closing 500 metres to win in a time of 7:22.34.

Racing into a slight head wind under sunny skies, Crawshay lay in third place at the 1500 metre mark before overcoming the challenge laid down by West Australian Jeremy Stevenson to win by a boat length. Italian Niccolo Mornatti held off defending champion in the event, Daniel Noonan (NSW) to claim the bronze medal.

Crawshay, who is yet to decide if he will compete internationally this year, said it felt good to be racing again.

“I haven’t fully committed myself to rowing in 2009 but physically I feel really strong,” Crawshay said. “To have such a high class field competing for the men’s single title is a credit to the depth of scullers in the country and I am really happy to come away with the win.”

Nick Hudson (NSW) and Brendan Long (TAS) won the final of the men’s double scull in a time of 6:39.32.

Hudson and Long broke to a four second lead after the first 500 metres and never looked back as they won by a boat length over the Mosman pair of Dan Noonan and Sean Casey, while Mornatti and Crawshay secured the bronze medal.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0408 056 914


Friday 6 March

RA media release:
Kehoe grabs double gold

Sally Kehoe has claimed both the women’s single and double scull national titles at the 2009 Hydro Tasmania Australian Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington, Tasmania.

Kehoe, who heralds from the Queensland town of Toowoomba, has switched from sweep rowing to sculling in 2009 and showed her strength in the discipline with two commanding performances

In the final of the women’s single scull, Kehoe led for the entire race and crossed the line in a time of 8:25.94 to lead home Pippa Savage (QLD) by two boat lengths. South Australia’s Anna McRae rounded out the top three.

Kehoe, who won the event in 2005, is happy with her early season form as she decides whether to row internationally in 2009.
“It’s three years since I’ve concentrated on sculling events and it feels good to be back,” Kehoe said. “My intentions were always to get back into sculling and to win two national titles is great.

“It was a great race with Pippa today but I am just loving being back in the single again.”

Later in the morning Kehoe then combined with Sarah Cook (ACT) to win the final of the women’s double scull.

Cook and Kehoe, who are both rowing out of the Sydney University boat sheds, won in a time of 7:27.24. Pippa Savage combined with Anna McRae to win the silver medal, while Lisa Szatsznajder (VIC) and Emma McCarthy (QLD) won the bronze medal.

Kehoe was a junior world champion in the women’s double scull in 2003 and junior world champion in the women’s single scull in 2004.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0408 056 914


Thursday 5 March

RA media release:
Fantastic Friday scheduled at Australian Championships

A number of rowers qualified for finals on the shortest day of action at the 2009 Hydro Tasmania Australian Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington, Tasmania.

Nicholas Hudson (NSW) and Brendan Long (TAS) set the quickest time in qualifying for the final of the men’s double scull.

Hudson and Long completed the course in a time of 7:00.09, finishing in front of David Crawshay (VIC) and Niccolo Mornatti (ITA) and the West Australian pair Steven Fletcher and Jeremy Stevenson, with all three crews progressing to the final.

The second semi-final was won by New South Wales’ Dan Noonan and Irish rower Sean Casey. The pair, who are representing Mosman Rowing Club won in a time of 7:09.79 with Bunbury’s Joshua Williams and Jayden Edwards, as well as Danjels Reedman (NSW) and Jared Bidwell (QLD) finishing in the top three. The final will be contested tomorrow morning.

The finalists were also decided in the women’s quad scull and the men’s four after one repechage in each event, with the finals to be contested on Saturday. Sally Kehoe (QLD), Sarah Cook (ACT), Liz Kell (NSW) and Anna McRae (SA) will be favourites to win the women’s quad scull, while it will be a tight tussle between two men’s four crews. Matt Ryan (NSW), Cameron McKenzie-McHarg (VIC), James Marburg (VIC) and Alexander Scharp (VIC) will face off with Dominic Grimm (NSW), Tom Larkins (VIC), Fergus Pragnell (NSW) and Tom Swann (VIC) for the title.

Finals of all small boats will be staged on Friday morning with the women’s open single scull set to be a two horse race between Toowoomba girls, Sally Kehoe and Pippa Savage. Kehoe and Savage have won their heats and semi-finals to this point and Kehoe will be confident of more success after beating Savage in the final of the New South Wales state championships three weeks ago. Sarah Cook and Lisa Szatsznajder (VIC) should battle it out for the bronze medal.

The women’s double scull will be held shortly afterwards with Kehoe combining with Cook to enter the final as favourites. They will be pushed all the way by Savage and Anna McRae, as well as Szatsznajder and Emma McCarthy (QLD).

In what promises to be one of the highlights of the regatta, four Olympians will contest the final in the open men’s single scull. The field features Olympic gold medallist in the men’s double scull, David Crawshay (VIC); defending Australian single scull champion, Dan Noonan (NSW); member of the 2008 Beijing men’s eight crew and quickest qualifier for the final, Jeremy Stevenson and Italian Olympian Niccolo Mornatti. Nick Hudson (NSW) and Jared Bidwell also feature in the red hot field.

There is also a race in four to become the new women’s lightweight single scull champion. Ingrid Fenger (TAS), Bronwen Watson (NSW) and Alice McNamara (VIC) were all members of the women’s lightweight quad scull crew that won gold at the 2008 World Championships, but will face stiff competition from 2008 Under 23 women’s single scull world champion, Carly Cottam (TAS), who has been in strong domestic form so far in 2009.

Cameron McKenzie-McHarg (VIC) and James Marburg (VIC) will attempt to win their second national title in the men’s pair, after winning the event in 2006 when it was last held in Tasmania. Their main threat is likely to come from the AIS pair of Dominic Grimm (NSW) and Tom Larkins (VIC).

The women’s pair is a straight final after the withdrawal of crews at the start of the week. Laura Osti (SA) and Emma McCarthy have been rowing very well in training at the AIS, but will need to mindful of Victorian duo Phoebe Stanley and Pauline Frasca.

Finals action will commence at 7.55am tomorrow morning.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0408 056 914


Wedesday 4 March

RA media release:
Olympic silver medallists back in business

Three of Australia’s Olympic silver medallists showed their strength on Day 3 of the 2009 Hydro Tasmania Australian Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington, Tasmania.

Matt Ryan (NSW), Cameron McKenzie-McHarg (VIC) and James Marburg (VIC) were joined by young Alexander Scharp (VIC) to comfortably win their heat of the men’s four and qualify directly for the final.

Ryan, McKenzie-McHarg and Marburg were part of the men’s four crew in Beijing that won the silver medal behind Great Britain. Francis Hegerty was the fourth member of the crew but is currently recovering from injury and the four have stated their intention to remain together in the next international season and push for more honours.

Ryan, McKenzie-McHarg, Marburg and Scharp won their heat today in a time of 6:23.83 by a comfortable 11 seconds. The all AIS crew of Tom Larkins (VIC), Dominic Grimm (NSW), Fergus Pragnell (NSW) and Tom Swann (VIC) won the second semi-final in a quicker time of 6:14.87 and will challenge for the title in the final.

Bronwen Watson (NSW) continued her charge to a potential first national title in the women’s lightweight single scull after winning her semi-final.

Watson, who was part of the women’s lightweight quad scull that won gold at last year’s World Championships, has shown consistent form during both the heat and semi-final and completed the race this morning in a time of 8:09.21.

Watson led home Tasmanian and fellow world championship crew mate, Ingrid Fenger, while South Australian Maja Fiddler snatched the last place in the final.

Alice McNamara (VIC) was only 0.14 seconds slower than Watson in winning the second semi-final. The Melbourne Uni rower finished two boat lengths clear of club mate Yasmin Burraston, while Tamar Rowing Club’s Carly Cottam secured third place.

The final promises to be a close run affair as Australia’s top female lightweight rowers battle to fill the void left by Amber Halliday and Marguerite Houston who have taken a break from the sport for at least the remainder of this year

Ten under age finals will be contested on Day 4, along with the semi-finals of the men’s double scull.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0408 056 914


Wedesday 4 March

RA media release:
Toowoomba girls lead charge to final

Toowoomba rowers Sally Kehoe and Pippa Savage stormed to victory in their respective semi-finals of the open women’s single scull as Day 3 of the Australian Rowing Championships began at Lake Barrington, Tasmania.

Savage rowed in the first semi-final and surged to a four boat length lead over Victorian Lisa Szatsznadjer with 250 metres to go, before easing off over the line to gain a middle lane in the final with a time of 8:04.50. Szatsznadjer finished in second, while Anna McRae (SA) was third.

Savage, who represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the event and has won the national title for the past two years, will face a strong challenge however from Kehoe. Kehoe prevailed in the recent New South Wales State Championships and is looking to add the national title to her résumé.

Kehoe looked smooth across the water in her semi-final as she crossed the line in a time of 7:59.79 to win ahead of Sarah Cook and Sarah Eke. The top three from each semi-final progress through to the final which will be held on Friday morning.

Jeremy Stevenson (WA) and David Crawshay (VIC) won the two semi-finals of the open men’s single scull with convincing victories in their respective races.

Crawshay, member of the gold medal winning men’s double scull crew in Beijing, showed strong form across the water and won his race in a time of 7:14.17. Qualifying alongside Crawshay from the first semi-final were Dan Noonan and Jared Bidwell.

Meanwhile Stevenson continued his push to gain Australian representation in the men’s single scull by setting a time of 7:11.72 in the second semi-final. Stevenson was part of the men’s eight in Beijing but has stated his desire to row in this event in London 2012. He led home Sydney University’s Nicholas Hudson (NSW), with Italian Niccolo Mornatti claiming the final spot in the final.

In the semi-finals of the women’s Under 23 single scull, Katja Hauser (NSW) won the first semi-final in a time of 8:07.86 to qualify for the final ahead of Peta Eddington (QLD) and Michelle Yann (VIC). Melbourne University’s Alison Crowe won the second semi-final, while Charlotte Walters (NSW) and Georgia Baker (WA) also progressed to the final.

James McRae (SA), Taylor Wilczynski and Riley Owen (ACT) won the three semi-finals of the men’s under 23 single scull. McRae, who rowed in the men’s quad scull at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, recorded a time of 7:29.44, with David Wright (ACT) finishing in second place to also book his place in the final.

Wilczynski (7:24.18), who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Junior World Championships, has progressed well since leaving the junior age group and with the result secured a middle lane for the final. Owen won the third semi-final in a time of 7:27.36 to progress to the final along with Hugo Struss (QLD).

For more information please call David Polglase on 0408 056 914


Tuesday 3 March

RA media release:
Olympians qualify directly for final

Australia’s top rowers were greeted with cold, wet and windy conditions on the second day of the 2009 Hydro Tasmania Australian Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington, Tasmania.

In the first of the women’s double scull, Olympians Sally Kehoe (QLD) and Sarah Cook (ACT) recorded a half boat length victory to progress directly to the final. Kehoe and Cook won in a time of 6:35.28. Pippa Savage (QLD) and Anna McRae (SA) finished second, while Lisa Szatsznajder (VIC) and Emma McCarthy finished in third place.

The all Queensland crew of Kimberley and Suzanne Brown won the second heat in a time of 7.31.60 to also progress to the final, but Kehoe and Cook will enter the final as favourites.

The heats of the men’s double sculls produced some tight racing as a number of high quality crews battled out for automatic qualification to the final.

Jeremy Stevenson (WA) and Steven Fletcher (WA), Kieran Kobelke (NSW) and Christopher Riddell, and Brendan Long (TAS) and Nick Hudson (NSW) were the respective winners of the heats of the men’s double scull.

In the repechages of the men’s pair, Olympic silver medallist Matt Ryan and partner Alex Scharp were relegated to last place after boat judges found their boat to be too light. The ruling cost Ryan and Scharp a place in the semi-final on Wednesday.

Repechages were also contested in the men’s and women’s single sculls, as well as the men’s and women’s lightweight single sculls, with the semi-finals of all these events to be held on Wednesday morning.

Stay up to date with live racing, results and reports at www.rowingaustralia.com.au

For more information please call David Polglase on 0408 056 914


Monday 2 March

RA media release:
Favourites make their mark at Australian Championships

The first day of the Hydro Tasmania Australian Rowing Championships has progressed smoothly at the picturesque Lake Barrington in Tasmania.

Rowing with the assistance of a small tail wind and under cloudy skies, the majority of Australia’s Olympic rowing contingent progressed safely into the semi-finals of their respective events.

Toowoomba duo Sally Kehoe and Pippa Savage both won their heats of the women’s single scull to qualify for the semi-finals. Savage and Kehoe are the two favourites for the final that will be contested on Friday. Victorian Lisa Szatsznadjer won the other heat ahead of Sarah Cook (ACT).

The men’s single scull heats featured six Olympians, with the winner of each heat qualifying directly for the semi-final.

David Crawshay (VIC), Jeremy Stevenson (WA), Danjels Reedman (NSW) and Italian Niccolo Mornatti were victorious in their respective heats.

Victorian’s James Marburg and Cameron McKenzie-McHarg recorded a three second win in their heat of the men’s pair. Marburg and McKenzie-McHarg were national champions in 2006, the last time that the event was held at Lake Barrington, and are still on a high after winning a silver medal as part of the men’s four at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

AIS pair, Dominic Grimm (NSW) and Tom Larkins (VIC), won the second heat and following their victory in the New South Wales’ state championships, will be aiming to add a national title to their impressive season to date.

Bronwen Watson (NSW) set the quickest time in the heats of the women’s lightweight single scull. Watson, who was part of the women’s lightweight quad scull crew that won gold at the 2008 World Championships, will face strong opposition from crew mates Alice McNamara (VIC) and Ingrid Fenger (TAS) when the semi-finals are raced later in the week.

Under age racing will occupy all of the afternoon racing, before heats of the women’s and men’s double scull begin on Tuesday.

Stay up to date with live racing, results and reports at www.rowingaustralia.com.au

For more information please call David Polglase on 0408 056 914


Monday 2 March

Men's Heavyweight Four — new website

The 2008 Men's Four – Francis Hegerty, Cam McKenzie-Mcharg, James Marburg and Matt Ryan – Silver Medallists at the Beijing Olympics, have begun a new website.
Check it out at www.thefour.com.au. The four will add more photos and updates to the website over the coming weeks.


Monday 2 March

RA media release:
Lake Barrington readies itself for championships

Friday 27 February

The final preparations are being made for the 2009 Hydro Tasmania Australian Rowing Championships and Interstate Regatta that commence at Lake Barrington on Monday 2 March.

Over 1500 of the nation’s top rowers will converge on Tasmania’s premier rowing course to compete in the Australian Championships over seven days.

Lake Barrington, situated just outside the north-west Tasmanian town of Devonport, will host the regatta for the first time since 2006.

The regatta offers racing for not only Australia’s elite rowers, but also for many of the country’s most talented rowing schools.

The 2009 Australian Rowing Championships will also serve as the first round of selection trials for the Australian Senior, U23 and Junior Teams and there promises to be a multitude of tight racing across the week long event.

Rowing Australia High Performance Director, Andrew Matheson, says there should be some close competition for places on all three of Australia’s touring teams in 2009.

“We have had a large proportion of our Olympic athletes either retire or take an extended break from competition in 2009 and it has opened the door for some of Australia’s younger athletes,” Matheson said.

“A large proportion of the U23 team from last year are almost ready to make the step up to senior level and it will be good to see how they respond to the pressure this week.”

Racing will commence on Monday 2 March at 8am and concludes with the Interstate Regatta on Sunday 8 March.

Stay up to date with live racing, results and reports at www.rowingaustralia.com.au

For more information please call David Polglase on 0408 056 914

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