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Archived latest news items: June 2011

Thursday 30 June

2011 Samsung World Rowing Cup III, Lucerne (SUI) – Final stage of the 2011 Samsung World Rowing Cup

Following the first two stages of the 2011 Samsung World Rowing Cup in Germany, the best rowers in the world move on to the final stage in Lucerne, Switzerland, from 8 to 10 July.

Fifty nations have sent a huge contingent of 901 athletes to compete on the Rotsee, the mecca of rowing in Switzerland. This impressive turnout is partly due to Lucerne being the last time many of these countries will get to race each other before the all important Olympic Qualification Regatta that is part of the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, at the end of August.

The men's single sculls has attracted 30 entries of arguably the most competitive field ever seen in this event. The entire field from the 2008 OIympic final is there. Reigning World Champion Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic will take on former World Champions Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand and Germany's Marcel Hacker as well as Olympic Champion Olaf Tufte of Norway.

Ekaterina Karsten of Belarus races again in the women's single sculls, but her domination looks under threat. Germany's single sculling find, Annkatrin Thiele, continues to close in on the Belarusian and New Zealand's Emma Twigg has also been pressing Karsten hard.

Crews from Australia and Canada have remained reasonably quiet for most of the season, but they are all out in force this time. Three-time Olympic Champion Drew Ginn is back on the Australian team in the men's four, while 2008 Olympic Champions in the men's double sculls, Australians David Crawshay and Scott Brennan, are racing together again for the first time since Beijing. Canada has arrived with a men's eight that sees Olympic Champion coxswain Brian Price back in the steering position. The Canadians will face Germany who are in the midst of a three-year winning streak.

Germany is currently at the top of the World Cup points table, but with Great Britain bringing a large squad to Lucerne, the German lead is under threat. Great Britain led the table after World Cup I, but did not race at World Cup II and, thus, lost their top position.

A full Rowing World Cup event by event preview will be available on www.worldrowing.com on Wednesday 6 July.

Entries and the provisional race schedule are available from today on www.worldrowing.com. Click here for direct access.

The World Cup event finals will be video-streamed live on Sunday 10 July and can be accessed through the video section of the website.

The World Rowing Cup series was launched in 1997, and includes all 14 Olympic boat classes. The overall World Rowing Cup winners are determined after a series of three regattas. This year, the three stages of the series will be held in Munich, Germany (27–29 May), Hamburg, Germany (17–19 June); and the final in Lucerne, Switzerland (8–10 July).

Media accreditation can be requested through the website media centre.

For more information – FISA media contact:
Marion Gallimore, Communications Manager – Marketing & TV
Tel: +41 21 617 83 73 or direct +41 21 612 02 26, mobile +41 79 706 72 55
E-mail: marion.gallimore@fisa.org


Wednesday 29 June

RA media release:
Australia ready to row at Henley

The 2011 Henley Royal Regatta commences tonight (June 29) at Henley-on-Thames in England as the Australian Rowing Team makes its first appearance on its ten week tour of Europe.

Following the release of the draw earlier this week, none of Australia’s 16 crews will race this evening, with seven crews starting their campaign on Thursday.

Australia is using the regatta as a warm up event ahead of World Cup 3 at Lucerne, Switzerland (July 8–10) and will look for some much needed race practice at the historic British event which concludes on Sunday 3 July.

Rowing Australia National High Performance Director Andrew Matheson said the team has arrived safely in England and was looking forward to their first races.

“The atmosphere around Henley is different to the majority of regattas we attend and everyone is excited to participate,” Matheson said. “There are a lot of high quality crews in action and no race will be easy to win.

“The strength of the competition is emphasised by the number of Olympic and world champions in the field and due to the uniqueness of the regatta we face some of these crews in the opening round. It will give us some hard racing ahead of Lucerne which is the perfect preparation.”

The Henley Royal Regatta, which was founded in 1839, is staged as a crew vs crew knock-out event which features school, club and elite level racing across 19 different events on a 2,112m course.

Australian Rowing Team Draw

Thursday June 30 2011

**All Australian crews that win will progress to Friday racing**

The Silver Goblets and Nickalls’ Challenge Cup (Men’s Coxless Pair)

Cameron McKenzie-McHarg (VIC) and Tom Larkins (VIC) vs West and West
Rod Chisholm (NSW) and Ali Foot (TAS) vs Johnson and Johnson
Tom Gibson (TAS) and Blair Tunevitsch (TAS) vs Bates and French
Brodie Buckland (NSW) and Will Lockwood (VIC) vs Wallace and Purdie

The Double Sculls Challenge Cup (Men’s Double Scull)

Scott Brennan (TAS) and David Crawshay (VIC) vs BYE
Jared Bidwell (QLD) and James Chapman (NSW) vs Caudrelier & van de Giessen

The Diamond Challenge Sculls (Men’s Single Scull)

Nicholas Hudson (NSW) vs. C.G. Anness
Jared Bidwell (QLD) vs M. Steenman
James Chapman (NSW) vs H.D.P Pelly

Friday July 1 2011

**All Australian crews that win will progress to Saturday racing**

The Stewards’ Challenge Cup (Men’s Four)

Australian Institute of Sport A (Joshua Dunkley Smith (VIC), Nicholas Purnell (NSW), Sam Loch (NSW), Drew Ginn (VIC)) vs Club Suisse

Australian Institute of Sport B (Todd Skipworth (WA), Ben Cureton (WA), Sam Beltz (TAS), Anthony Edwards (TAS)) vs Leander Club & Molesey B.C.

The Queen Mother Challenge Cup (Men’s Quad Scull)

Australian Institute of Sport (Daniel Noonan (NSW), Karsten Forsterling (VIC), James McRae (SA), Chris Morgan (SA)) vs AZS Szczecin & Gorzow

The Princess Grace Challenge Cup (Women’s Quad Scull)

Australian Institute of Sport A (Amy Clay (NSW), Sarah Cook (ACT), Brooke Pratley (NSW), Sally Kehoe (QLD)) vs Mortlake Anglian and Alpha B.C.

Australian Institute of Sport B (Alice McNamara (VIC), Kim Crow (VIC), Kerry Hore (TAS), Hannah Every-Hall (QLD)) vs A.S.R. Nereus & A.A.S.R. Skøll

The Princess Royal Challenge Cup (Women’s Single Scull)

Maddie Edmunds (QLD) vs A. Tsiavou

Saturday July 2 2011

**All Australian crews that win will progress to the finals on Sunday**

The Grand Challenge Cup (Men’s Eight)

Australian Institute of Sport 1 (Fergus Pragnell (NSW), Tom Swann (VIC), Bryn Coudraye (SA), Matt Ryan (NSW), James Marburg (VIC), Joshua Booth (VIC), Francis Hegerty (NSW), John Linke (VIC), Toby Lister (NSW)) vs Molesey B.C. and Leander Club (Great Britain)

Media contact David Polglase 0401 453 041

Related coverage >>

Wednesday 29 June

Youth Cup welcomes Vanuatu for debut appearance

The 2011 Youth Cup will be a special occasion as the Sydney International Regatta Centre welcomes a team from Vanuatu for the three days of racing.

The regatta, which will be held from July 8–10, features a fine array of junior talent from around Australia, who to compete must all be below 21 years of age on the 31st of December in 2011.

But the participation of Vanuatu in the regatta is the topic gaining most conversation as the sport of rowing continues to grow in the small Pacific island.

With the age restrictions being lifted for their team of five crews, Vanuatu will field crews in the men’s single scull, men’s lightweight double scull, men’s lightweight single scull, men’s quad scull and women’s quad scull.

The aim of the regatta is to enhance the athlete development pathway that bridges the gap between the International Junior and U23 teams.

With the expansion of the event to include Vanuatu for the inaugural time Rowing Australia is hoping for all athletes to forge new friendships which can only enhance the sport of rowing into the future.


Tuesday 28 June

RA media release:
Family grant paves the way for rowing glory

In a move to further assist its athletes win Olympic and world championship medals, Rowing Australia has announced a number of Family Support initiatives.

With the Australian Rowing Team spending 10 weeks away from home in both 2011 and 2012, the family support measures have been designed to reduce time spent away from families and boost morale, a factor which Rowing Australia believes will assist its athletes to win medals.

The initiatives have been targeted specifically at touring athletes and coaches who have dependent school age children or younger, and have been provided for six athletes and eight coaches.

Rowing Australia will fly the partners and children of the athletes and coaches to Europe so that they can spend time together during a designated training block at the Australian Institute of Sport’s European Training Centre in Varese, Italy.

These initiatives were made possible through the Australian Government’s Green and Gold funding, in which Rowing Australia was allocated $300,000 to assist its elite athletes in their pursuit of Olympic medals.

Rowing Australia CEO Andrew Dee says the initiative was an important part of the team’s Olympic campaign.

“In the past we have lost many talented rowers who have been unable to continue their careers in rowing as they started their families,” Dee said. “We have two team members who are aiming to become the first mothers to row for Australia at the Olympic Games and this grant will assist them as they chase their Olympic dream, whilst also tending to their children.”

Assuming the success of the program in 2011, the intention is to offer Family Support Payments in 2012 as well and Dee said it was an exciting prospect.

“We want to ensure that we keep the best rowers in our program, whilst also giving them the support to fulfil their roles as parents,” Dee said. “We have not had the ability to support our athletes and coaches like this in the past and we hope that through this initiative an environment will be created that lends itself to even better performances.”

Media contact David Polglase 0401 453 041


Monday 27 June

Draw for Henley Royal Regatta

The draw for the 2011 Henley Royal Regatta has been released and Australia’s national team crews will face the following match ups.

A race schedule is available at www.hrr.co.uk/regatta/racing-programme/

Please note that Australian crews race under the title of Australian Institute of Sport.

For the full draw please visit www.hrr.co.uk/fs/downloads/HRR_Draw_2011.pdf

The Grand Challenge Cup (Men’s Eight)

Australian Institute of Sport 1 (Fergus Pragnell, Tom Swann, Bryn Coudraye, Matt Ryan, James Marburg, Joshua Booth, Francis Hegerty, John Linke, Toby Lister) vs Molesey B.C. and Leander Club (Great Britain)

The Stewards’ Challenge Cup (Men’s Four)

Australian Institute of Sport A (Joshua Dunkley Smith, Nicholas Purnell, Sam Loch, Drew Ginn) vs Club Suisse

Australian Institute of Sport B (Todd Skipworth, Ben Cureton, Sam Beltz, Anthony Edwards) vs Leander Club & Molesey B.C.

The Queen Mother Challenge Cup (Men’s Quad Scull)

Australian Institute of Sport (Daniel Noonan, Karsten Forsterling, James McRae, Chris Morgan) vs AZS Szczecin & Gorzow

The Princess Grace Challenge Cup (Women’s Quad Scull)

Australian Institute of Sport A (Amy Clay, Sarah Cook, Brooke Pratley, Sally Kehoe) vs Mortlake Anglian and Alpha B.C.

Australian Institute of Sport B (Alice McNamara, Kim Crow, Kerry Hore, Hannah Every-Hall) vs A.S.R. Nereus & A.A.S.R. Skøll

The Silver Goblets and Nickalls’ Challenge Cup (Men’s Pair)

Cameron McKenzie-McHarg and Tom Larkins vs West and West

Rod Chisholm and Ali Foot vs Johnson and Johnson

Tom Gibson and Blair Tunevitsch vs Bates and French

Brodie Buckland and Will Lockwood vs Wallace and Purdie

The Double Sculls Challenge Cup (Men’s Double Scull)

Scott Brennan and David Crawshay vs BYE

Jared Bidwell and James Chapman vs Caudrelier & van de Giessen

The Diamond Challenge Sculls (Men’s Single Scull)

Nicholas Hudson vs. C.G. Anness

Jared Bidwell vs M. Steenman

James Chapman vs H.D.P Pelly

The Princess Royal Challenge Cup (Women’s Single Scull)

Maddie Edmunds vs A. Tsiavou

Related coverage >>


Friday 24 June

RA media release:
Australia departs for Olympic qualifying bid

The Australian Rowing Team departs for Europe this Sunday on a ten-week tour that will conclude with the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia (August 28–September 4).

The 2011 World Rowing Championships, aside from offering Australia’s crews the opportunity to be crowned world champions, also serves as the main qualifying regatta for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The Australian team will initially set course for the 2011 Henley Royal Regatta (June 29–July 3) at Henley-on-Thames just outside London, where they will compete against a strong field at the famous English regatta.

486 crews have entered the 19 events on offer, including a near-record 119 international crews that feature the entire United States and Great Britain rowing teams, and world champion crews from a host of countries including Germany, Poland and Croatia.

The Australian team will field 15 crews at the regatta which varies to normal racing, with each race featuring only two boats with the winner progressing to the next round of competition.

Australian men’s eight coxswain Toby Lister (NSW) says the Henley Royal Regatta will provide a good first hit out for his crew.

“We’ve had a really good preparation over the past few weeks in Canberra at the Australian Institute of Sport and all the guys in the crew are looking forward to our first international race for the season,” Lister said.

Following a change in crews three weeks ago after the broken femur sustained by men’s four member Duncan Free (QLD), John Linke (VIC) was drafted into the men’s eight to replace Sam Loch (NSW) who was shifted into Free’s position.

Lister said the change was seamless and the crew had started working really well together.

“John had a great first year in the senior team last year and has done a great job since coming into the crew,” Lister said. “The whole crew has great harmony and Henley will be a good stepping stone for us.”

Rowing Australia National High Performance Director Andrew Matheson says the Henley Royal Regatta will provide a good chance for the crews to brush out any early season cobwebs.

“A lot of the crews that we will be racing have already started their international seasons at either World Cup 1 or World Cup 2,” Matheson said. “We are at a different stage of our campaign but in the same instance we are pretty interested to see how we are tracking.

“Henley is a regatta that is steeped in tradition, and while we will be giving 100 per cent in each race, it will give our athletes a good chance to soak in the tradition of the event they are competing in.”

View the full Australian team on tour.

Media contact David Polglase 0401 453 041


Thursday 23 June

Australia launches full assault on Henley

With all entries now confirmed for the 2011 Henley Royal Regatta, a record number of Australian crews will compete at the famous English rowing event next week at Henley-on-Thames.

The Australian Rowing Team will be joined by a number of Australian club crews as a total of 29 Australian crews take to the water as part of a field of 486 crews, which includes 119 international entries, just seven shy of the record.

Australia’s entries have been boosted by the inclusion of the full men’s and women’s team that will travel to the 2011 World Rowing Championships later this year in Slovenia and the regatta will provide them with their first hit out as part of their 10 week tour of Europe.

The men’s eight race for The Grand Challenge Cup is already being touted as one of the highlights of the regatta, with Germany, Great Britain and Australia all entering their national eights in the race. These three countries claimed the medals in that order at the 2010 World Rowing Championships in New Zealand.

Australia’s men’s quad scull of Daniel Noonan, Karsten Forsterling, James McRae and Chris Morgan will also face some good early competition in Europe as they face the Olympic Champions, Poland, and the current World Champions from Croatia.

Australia has entered two crews in the Princess Grace Challenge Cup for women’s quad sculls. The current quad of Amy Ives, Sarah Cook, Brooke Pratley and Sally Kehoe will face the combination of women’s double scull duo Kerry Hore and Kim Crow, and the women’s lightweight double crew of Hannah Every-Hall and Alice McNamara.

Full results for the regatta will be made available on the Rowing Australia website while updates will be available at the Rowing Australia Facebook and Twitter pages.


Thursday 23 June

Golden double back to school on Olympic Day

Olympic gold medallists David Crawshay and Scott Brennan today laid down their oars and went back to school to take part in the Australian Olympic Committee’s Talk to a Champ session.

With Olympic Day being celebrated right around the country today, Brennan and Crawshay were joined by former Hockeyroo’s star Nikki Hudson at the session at St. Clare’s College in Canberra.

Minister for Sport Mark Arbib and AOC President John Coates were also present in front of 150 school children, while the event was streamed live through the AOC’s website.

Brennan and Crawshay, who leave on Sunday as part of the Australian team on their ten week tour of Europe, answered a range of questions before being mobbed by children at the end of the session for their prized autographs.

Crawshay said it was an enjoyable experience going back to school for the morning.

“The thing that struck me this morning was just how enthusiastic they all are,” Crawshay said. “I guess when I look back at my time at school I loved sports people coming out and talking about their experiences.

“For these kids I imagine it is quite a thrill and I really enjoyed their emotion and energy. They are pretty direct in some of the questions they ask and we do appreciate that.”

Crawshay said that he and Brennan were looking forward to heading over to Europe for the tour.

“We’re really looking forward to heading over to the warmer and better weather over there. It’s been a tough week with weather conditions here in Canberra.

“We just excited to get over there and we’re looking forward to Europe and racing and everything else it involves."


Friday 17 June

Performance Coach (Level 3): Canberra, 6 to 11 October

Applications are now being called for current Level 2 Coaches to participate in the “new” Performance Coach (Level 3) course with the new syllabus being presented by RA’s High Performance and development coaches and special guest presenters.

The Level 3 Performance Coach course is aimed at senior school and club coaches, and those coaches working with state level teams and junior national teams. The Level 3 focuses more heavily on applied sports science concepts, and aims to provide the coach with the ‘tools of the trade’ to develop athletes to their potential. The new Level 3 is equivalent to the previous Rowing Level 2 accreditation, but with a greater emphasis on technique analysis and correction, and individualising your coaching.

Aspiring Performance Coaches will need to apply to Rowing Australia where applications will be assessed and successful applicants invited to be part of a 5 day live-in course at the AIS and National Rowing Centre of Excellence(NRCE) in Canberra. The assessment of applications will be made by the NRCE high performance coaching staff under the direction of RA’s National Education Coordinator. This may include reference checks and recommendations from SIS/SAS Head coaches and State Development Officers.

Successful applicants are expected to be a current accredited Level 2 coach, have been coaching at this level for a minimum of 1 year and ideally be accredited at Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Assessment of competencies for a Level 3 Performance Coach will be completed both during the course and a range of post course assessments covering each of the modules presented during the course.

Coaches are expected to work with a mentor coach for at least 30 hours after the completion of the course.

Successful applicants will be expected to assist and be an active part of the national coaching system for National and International athletes at the AIS and the NRCE.

Only a limited number of applications will be taken for the Performance Coach course in 2011.

Application forms can be found on the RA website:
www.rowingaustralia.com.au/dev_coaches_accreditation.shtm

Recognition of Prior Learning

Candidates may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for any of the accreditation levels. RPL may be granted for the entire accreditation, or for specific competencies/modules within an accreditation level. RPL policy information, core competencies and application form can be found on the Rowing Australia website,
www.rowingaustralia.com.au/dev_coaches_accreditation.shtm


Friday 17 June

RA media release:
Rowers Found not Lost

Rowing Australia has taken steps to end the talent drain by selecting a Men’s Coxed Four for the Australian National Under 23 team from rowers currently representing Universities in the United States of America.

In recent years prestigious Universities such as Princeton have offered scholarships to a number of talented young Australian rowers. Previously by taking up those scholarships rowers were disqualified from national selection.

“This was an obvious change to make to our selection process” said Andrew Matheson, Rowing Australia’s National High Performance Director. “We’ve just been losing too many of our best athletes over the years to the United States and we had to find a way to keep them as part of our national representative program. This way we get the best of both worlds. The athletes get the experience of attending some of the worlds best Universities and Rowing Australia gets the benefit of their rowing prowess and keep them as part of our development pathway”.

At trials supervised by Rowing Australia coaches Curtis Jordan and Paul McGann at Princeton University, a high quality Men’s Coxed Four comprising Ben Coombs, Harry Picone, Sam Collins Owen Symington and William Raven (cox) were selected to represent Australia.

Curtis Jordan, himself a former coach at Princeton, was delighted with what he saw.

“These athletes, despite spending little time together in the boat and focusing predominantly on the US collegiate programs, achieved excellent speed and rhythm. It’s exciting to have them as part of our team for the Under 23 World Championships in Amsterdam”.

For more information please contact David Pembroke 0416 103 229


Thursday 16 June

Australian crew explores uncharted waters

Rowing Australia is pleased to announce the selection of the first USA based Australian Under 23 Crew following selection trials held in Princeton over the weekend.

In recent years Australian rowing has increasingly experienced a talent drain, as its most promising young athletes are snapped up on scholarships by US Universities. In an attempt to arrest this talent drain the NRCE further expanding its development pathway, and offered a selection process to provide opportunities for USA based Australian athletes to be selected into the Australian National Under 23 Team. This was an opportunity previously not available to Australian athletes based in the USA, who were often lost to the system entirely or only resumed representative rowing upon their return to Australia.

Rowing Australia is delighted that the inaugural USA based selection trials have resulted in a quality Men’s Coxed Four comprising Ben Coombs, Harry Picone, Sam Collins Owen Symington and William Raven (cox) being selected to represent Australia. These athletes, despite spending little time together in the boat and focusing predominantly on the US collegiate programs, have achieved excellent speed and rhythm and we look forward with great excitement to their performance at the Under 23 World Championships in Amsterdam.

Curtis Jordan, former Princeton coach, and one of the most successful coaches in the sport of rowing, joined forces with crew coach Paul McGann, himself a well respected and experienced coach, to run their eye over the talented hopefuls at the USA based selection trials. Both men were extremely pleased with what they saw and are enthusiastic about the prospects of the crew, not only at the Under 23 World Championships, but as their representative rowing careers progress.

Rowing Australia is excited that these young athletes have been retained in the Australian representative system where they once might otherwise have been lost, and looks forward with great excitement to the development of the USA based Australian athlete concept developing in subsequent years.


Thursday 16 June

Athletes’ Commission Chair appointed

Rowing Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Jaime Fernandez as Chairperson of the RA Athletes’ Commission.

Jaime’s appointment follows the resignation of Rebecca Joyce from the role and Rowing Australia sincerely thanks Rebecca for all of her hard work and dedication as Athletes’ Commission Chair since 2007.

Jaime has a long and successful involvement in rowing including representing Australia at the Olympic Games on three occasions, culminating in a Silver Medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Jaime has also won numerous National and International rowing titles, including at Henley Royal Regatta. In addition to his athletic excellence Jaime has coached on the National Team and been a National Junior Team selector. Away from the National Team environment Jaime has also worked as Director of Rowing at Wesley College and Canberra Grammar School and held coaching and selecting roles with the ACT State Team.

Jaime has previously been a part of the RA Athletes’ Commission during his active rowing days, as well as representing rowing on the AIS Athletes’ Commission.

Jaime is passionate about athlete involvement and welfare and will ensure that the RA Athletes’ Commission is effective and accurately represents the athlete body.

The RA Board values the opinions of both its elite and grassroots athletes, and to ensure that the views of the athletes are represented and respected Jaime will also fulfil the role of Athletes’ Director on the RA Board, including full voting rights.

The RA Board and athletes are delighted with Jaime’s appointment and look forward to his valuable contribution in the role.


Wednesday 15 June

2011 Australian Masters Championships

The Australian Masters Championships concluded on Sunday 5 June at the picturesque Lake Barrington, Tasmania.

Rated by many as one of the world’s best ‘natural’ rowing courses, Lake Barrington proved again how accurate that statement is. Wild westerly winds battered the mainland and the western coast of Tasmania, yet the course at Barrington remained relatively smooth and pleasant throughout the whole regatta.

Organising Committee Chairman Peter Wade (President of Rowing Tasmania) and his famous band of willing volunteers, delivered a special Tasmanian experience over the three-day regatta. According to many long-time competitors, the Tasmanian event was “the best ever”!! The Organising Committee went to extraordinary lengths to develop a ‘community’ spirit by bringing in log fire burners, extra tents, and local jazz bands to keep competitors entertained.

The Championships were the second largest ever held with some 4195 (plus 291 coxswains) ‘seats’, with close to 750 competitor.s

Top Clubs included:

Canberra Rowing Club: 19 Gold, 11 Silver, 7 Bronze
Melbourne Rowing Club 17 Gold, 7 Silver, 3 Bronze and
Melbourne University Boat Club, 14 Gold, 12 Silver and 3 Bronze

Regatta stats, results and newspaper articles and links can be found on ROMS.

The start of racing at the 2011 National Masters Championships.
As competitors make the most of the 24hr log fire, that soon became the focal point of many a ‘tall tale’, of epic battles on the water
– and ever increasing margins.
The CMMB8+ (ages 36yrs +) race proved to be one of the closest finishes in the regatta. TUBC Composite crew (TUBC/DR UMM/NSHR/OLDIG/GLEBE), tied in a dead heat for 3rd place with Balmain/Old Ignatians (Time: 3’:08.21”),
just behind Black Mountain and race winners Toowong Composite.

Rowing Australia and all of its member Associations would like to congratulate Rowing Tasmania and its willing volunteers for delivering a tremendous event.

Stay tuned to the Rowing Australia website for more information on the 2012 Masters Championships, due to be conducted in Ballarat, VIC from May 31 to June 3.


Thursday 9 June

Samsung World Rowing Cup II, Hamburg – Consolidation and tough competition

The best rowers in the world move on to the second in the series of three Samsung World Rowing Cups and for the first time Hamburg, Germany is playing host. More than 500 competitors from 38 nations will line up for three days of racing which will be highlighted by the blue riband events - the men's and women's single sculls and eights.

Reigning World Champion in the men's single, Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic is on pace after winning last month at the first World Cup. Synek, however, comes up against former World Champion, Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand for the first time this season. The line up in the single also includes Olympic Champion Olaf Tufte (Norway) and Great Britain's indomitable sprinter, Alan Campbell.

The women's single returns to a depth that hasn't been seen in recent years. The former World and Olympic Champion Ekaterina Karsten of Belarus shows no sign of slowing down as she goes into her 21st year of international competition. China's Xiuyun Zhang has returned and continues her career that began in 1993 and includes 1996 Olympic silver. After the first World Cup, Germany signalled that they have a new queen of the single. Annekatrin Thiele has left successful team boat rowing to pursue the single and last month she proved her speed finishing just behind Karsten.

Germany continues to dominate the men's eight with an unbroken winning streak that goes back to 2009. No doubt being on home turf will play to the German's advantage despite Great Britain fighting hard to win.

The lightweight men's double has again attracted a huge field and will see reigning World Champions Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter (GBR) doing all they can to get back into the medals after finishing fourth at the first World Cup. Purchase and Hunter will be up against first World Cup winners, France, who won at the first World Cup and New Zealand who fly in to Europe for this season's first appearance on the circuit.

The executive committee of FISA, the International Rowing Federation, has carefully analysed the recent E. coli outbreak in Northern Germany and based on actions and recommendations, they are confident that there is no undue risk to participants.

The regatta goes from 17–19 June 2011 at the Hamburg International Regatta Course in Allermoehe.

A full Rowing World Cup event by event preview will be available on the new www.worldrowing.com from Wednesday 15 June.

Entries and race schedules are available from today on www.worldrowing.com or by clicking here.

The event finals will be video streamed live on Sunday 19 June and can be accessed through the video section of the website.

The World Rowing Cup series was launched in 1997, and includes all 14 Olympic boat classes. The overall World Rowing Cup winners are determined after a series of three regattas. This year, the three stages of the series will be held in Munich, Germany (27–29 May), Hamburg, Germany (17–19 June); and the final in Lucerne, Switzerland (8–10 July).

Media accreditation can be requested through the website media centre.

For more information – FISA media contact:
Marion Gallimore, Communications Manager – Marketing & TV
Tel: +41 21 617 83 73 or direct +41 21 612 02 26, mobile +41 79 706 72 55
E-mail: marion.gallimore@fisa.org


Wednesday 1 June

Minister launches NRCE

Minister for Sport the Hon Mark Arbib officially launched the National Rowing Centre of Excellence and opened the combined Rowing Australia/NRCE facility on Lake Burley Griffin yesterday.

The Minister delivered a stirring speech (pdf, 49kb) that further underlined the current strength of RA and the NRCE program as preparations build towards 2012.

The Minister also announced further funding of $300,000 for rowing participation programs that will provide children across the country with the opportunity to participate in rowing.

Rowing Australia is grateful to receive fantastic support from the Australian Government that ensures the ongoing success of our sport.

Minister for Sport the Hon Mark Arbib

 

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