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Archived latest news items: April 2008

Tuesday 29 April

Watch the ninemsn video on James Tomkins and the men's eight

Six Olympic Games for rower — Click here —


Monday 28 April

2008 Australian Rowing Team

The Rowing Australia Board is pleased to officially announce the final Under 23 women’s sculling crews for the 2008 National Team. —Click here — (xls, 24kb)


Saturday 26 April

Positions vacant: Caulfield Grammar and Xavier College

Caulfield Grammar: Girls First Rowing Coach and Boys First Rowing Coach

Xavier College: Director of Rowing

For full details — click here —


Wednesday 23 April

Watch the 7.30 Report's segment on James Tomkins online

If you weren't able to catch last night's 7.30 Report segment, which featured James Tomkins, click here to watch online.


Tuesday 22 April

RA Media Release:
Australia has sights firmly set on Beijing

Rowing Australia is pleased to announce the remaining athletes for the 2008 Australian Rowing Team.

Following a board meeting late last evening the remaining Senior A crews were named along with the Junior team that will represent Australia during the 2008 international season.

Amber Bradley (WA), Kerry Hore (TAS), Zoe Uphill (NSW) and Amy Ives (NSW) gained selection in the women’s quad scull. Catriona Sens (VIC) and Sonia Mills (ACT) were named in the women’s double scull, while Pippa Savage will row the women’s single scull.

The women’s quad scull has already qualified for the Olympic Games and will be nominated to the Australian Olympic Committee in due course, while both the women’s single scull and double scull crews will race at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Poland, June 15 – 18, in an attempt to make it to the Olympic Games.

Francis Hegerty (NSW), Cameron McKenzie – McHarg (VIC), James Marburg (VIC) and Matt Ryan (NSW) have been named as the men’s four and will also have to qualify through the regatta in Poland to realise their Olympic dreams.

Five men have been named in a sculling squad that incorporates both the men’s quad scull and men’s single scull. Dan Noonan (NSW), James McRae (SA), Chris Morgan (SA), Peter Hardcastle (NSW) and Brendan Long (TAS) were all named and fill the five respective positions. A decision on the make up of the crews is expected in the next three weeks.

A lightweight men’s eight and a men’s coxed pair were also named and will compete at the non – Olympic World Championships.

Please find attached the full list of names for the Senior A and Junior crews. The Under 23 team will be released later this afternoon (see postscript below).

Postscript, 28 Apr 19:15 — The Rowing Australia Board is pleased to officially announce the final Under 23 women’s sculling crews for the 2008 National Team — Click here — (xls, 24kb)

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041


Wednesday 23 April

Vale Martin Tomanovits

Martin died on the weekend after a short illness. He was a great rowing man.

Martin joined Mercantile Rowing Club in 1957 and went onto be a very successful senior oarsman from 1959. He was a strong and determined oarsman who always gained pivotal positions in any boat he rowed. He was the mainstay of Victorian King’s Cup crews for most the 1960s and was a Commonwealth Games gold medalist and raced in the Australian eight at the inaugural World Championships in 1962.

His coaching career was also very successful including a series of successful lightweight crews in the mid 1970s. He was tough and uncompromising coach whose crews were thoroughly trained for the racing and always successful. Considering the approach of the Australian selectors in previous years and the high standard of his 1976 lightweight four, he was unlucky not to have coached the Australian lightweight four that year with his crew.

He was also a rowing administrator being Captain and selector of his club and a Board member of Rowing Victoria Inc.


Thursday 17 April

2008 Rowing Australia Coaches Conference
Looking for breakthroughs

3-5 October, Sofitel Gold Coast
— Click here — for information.

Wednesday 16 April

Selection — Adaptive LTA4+ and crew reserves

— Click here — (doc, 112kb) to download a memo from Noel W. Donaldson, High Performance Director and Chairman of Selectors, regarding Adaptive selection.


Wednesday 16 April

RA Media Release:
Women’s eight finetune preparations for Europe

The women’s eight continued their preparations for their World Cup campaign in Europe after completing their second race of the week at the final round of the Rowing Australia selection trials at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith.

They will leave on May 3 with a number of other Australian crews to compete in the first two World Cups in Munich (May 9 – 11) and Lucerne (May 30 – June 1).

Earlier in the week both Robyn Selby Smith (VIC) and Natalie Bale (WA) were included as part of the squad as cover for the regular eight members in the crew. This was done as a precaution in case of injury or illness.

With Brooke Pratley (NSW) and Pauline Frasca (VIC) nursing minor complaints, both Bale and Selby Smith had their chance in the crew this morning in the light head wind conditions and showed the depth and versatility of the group.

The women’s eight raced against two men’s lightweight four crews and a men’s lightweight quad scull crew and took the race on the line, despite starting five seconds behind their opponents.

They will return to Canberra this afternoon to wrap up their preparations before heading to Germany in just under three weeks time.

The men’s quad sculls continued their trials today with Peter Hardcastle (NSW) replacing Nick Hudson (NSW) in the crew. Hardcastle joined Dan Noonan (NSW), James McRae (SA) and Brendan Long (TAS) to record a similar time to the crew that held Hudson yesterday.

The group has been performing particularly well all week and it remains a difficult task for the selectors to choose the best candidates for the men’s quad scull and men’s single scull.

Both the men’s four and women’s scull groups had a break from action today but will resume racing again tomorrow morning.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041


Tuesday 15 April

RA Media Release:
Blustery conditions hamper selection trials

A strong cross wind created difficult racing conditions at the final round of the Rowing Australia selection trials at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith.

Due to the conditions a number of time trials were forced to be held with crews still seeking selection onto the Australian Rowing Team.

The women’s squad scull crew of Amber Bradley (WA), Sonia Mills (ACT), Amy Ives (NSW) and Kerry Hore (TAS) rowed together for the first time this week and performed well in the testing conditions, while Sally Robbins (WA) and Catriona Sens (VIC) also showed positive signs in the women’s double scull.
Zoe Uphill (NSW), who is now almost fully recovered from her injury, will more than likely enter the quad tomorrow with the deadline for selection now growing closer.

The women’s eight had their first race since being named in February and recorded a good time. They raced in the same event as the men’s double scull crew of David Crawshay (VIC) and Scott Brennan (TAS) and led them home by just over seven seconds. Both these crews will leave for the first two World Cup events in Europe on May 3 as they continue their preparations for the Olympic Games.

The women’s eight has never won a medal at the Olympic Games and they will have their eyes set on rectifying this in Beijing in August. In 2005 they claimed the gold at the World Championships, whilst in the last two years they have picked up a bronze and a 4th place finish.

The men’s sculling group continued their excellent form this week with the quad scull combination of Nick Hudson (NSW), Brendan Long (TAS), Dan Noonan (NSW) and James McRae (SA) setting an excellent pace in their race today.

The men’s four continued their rotation today and produced a close finish to their race. Francis Hegerty (NSW), Matt Ryan (NSW), Karsten Forsterling (VIC) and Terrence Alfred (NSW) pipped Cameron McKenzie – McHarg (VIC), James Marburg (VIC), Nick Baxter (NSW) and Fergus Pragnell (NSW) by a quarter of a boat length.

With no racing this afternoon, selectors will meet later today to decide which crews they want to race on Wednesday morning.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041


Monday 14 April

RA Media Release:
Selected crews battle for supremacy at trials

Two of Australia’s top crews will compete against each other tomorrow at the final selection trials for the Australian Rowing Team at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith.

A number of the already selected crews arrived in Penrith yesterday to continue their preparations ahead of the international season and gain some valuable race practice.

Tomorrow morning the women’s eight will face off against the men’s double scull crew of David Crawshay (VIC) and Scott Brennan (VIC) to create some extra competition for both crews. The selectors will stagger the race start in an attempt to make the crews meet over the last 500 metres of the race.

Sally Kehoe, member of the women’s eight, says that the crew is looking forward to the race tomorrow.

“We have just completed an intense physical and technical training block to make the eight go as quickly as possible ahead of the international season”, Kehoe said. “We are looking forward to the races this week to get an indication of how we are progressing ahead of the World Cups in Europe.”

A number of Australian crews are due to leave for Europe on May 3 to compete in the first two World Cup events and train in Varese, Italy. Eleven crews have already qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and will be nominated to the Australian Olympic Committee in late June.

Meanwhile the women’s and men’s sculling groups, as well as the men’s four, will continue their trials on Tuesday morning. With a maximum of five days left to decide the men’s single scull, men’s quad scull, women’s single scull, women’s quad scull, women’s double scull and the men’s four, all athletes contesting selection will need to produce their best racing.

Rowing Australia High Performance Director, Noel Donaldson, said that the selectors were pleased with the level of performance so far this week.

“All the athletes competing at the trials have placed in a fantastic effort to date and should be commended”, Donaldson said. “The selection process is a very difficult one but we want to ensure that the best crews are selected.”

Racing will commence at 8.20am tomorrow morning. A full program will be available at 5pm following the completion of this afternoon's Under 23 races.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041


Sunday 13 April

RA Media Release:
Victorians claim second victory in bid for Beijing

Cameron McKenzie – McHarg (VIC) and James Marburg (VIC) have formed part of the winning men’s four combination for the second day in a row at the final round of Rowing Australia’s selection trials at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith.

In near perfect conditions, McKenzie – McHarg and Marburg were joined by Francis Hegerty (NSW) and Matt Ryan (NSW) to prevail over the combination of Fergus Pragnell (NSW), Nick Baxter (NSW), Karsten Forsterling (VIC) and Terrence Alfred (NSW) by a length and a half.

Their second win now establishes them as the leading pair in the rotation of the men’s four boats as they bid to be selected as part of the crew that will attempt to qualify for the Olympic Games at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Poland later this year. The crew that is selected to compete in Poland will need to finish first or second to gain an Olympic berth.

Marburg said that the competition within the squad was creating a good racing standard.

“The group has been training really well down in Canberra over the past couple of months”, Marburg said. “It’s good to get a couple of wins under the belt on the first days of the trials as it allows the confidence to grow. The other guys will come back pretty hard for the rest of the regatta so it will be good battle.”

The five spots available for the men’s scullers is creating some excellent racing with six of the eight athletes having won two of the first three races. In today’s race Peter Hardcastle (NSW), Nick Hudson (NSW), Brendan Long (TAS) and Chris Morgan (SA) claimed a half boat length win over the Dan Noonan (NSW), James McRae (SA), Tim Hennessy (SA) and James Gatti (WA).

Only Gatti and Hennessy are without a win this week which may have ruled them out of the running for Olympic selection.

The women’s lightweight double scull world champions, Marguerite Houston (SA) and Amber Halliday (SA), produced their typically strong finish to overhaul the heavyweight double scull combination of Sally Robbins (WA) and Sonia Mills (ACT).

Kerry Hore, Amber Bradley, Amy Ives and Catriona Sens raced the women’s quad scull boat today as the rotation continued to the find the strongest four athletes.
The official selection regatta has now finished but trialling will continue over the next week to find the strongest combinations. A number of the selected boats, including the women’s eight, women’s pair and men’s lightweight double scull will also arrive in Penrith this afternoon to race in their respective boats.

Seat racing will commence on Monday morning at 8am.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041


Saturday 12 April

RA Media Release:
Noonan and McRae lead charge towards Beijing

The men’s quad scull crew of Dan Noonan (NSW), James McRae (SA), Chris Morgan (SA) and Brendan Long (TAS) were the standout performers on the second day of Rowing Australia’s final selection trials at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Sydney.

Noonan, McRae, Morgan and Long combined well to win by a clear two lengths from the second quad scull crew of Nick Hudson, James Gatti, Tim Hennessy and Peter Hardcastle in perfectly still racing conditions at the 2000 Olympic course.

The eight male scullers are competing for the five remaining seats in the men’s squad scull and men’s single scull. Noonan and McRae have been in the winning combination over the first two days of competition and have placed themselves well for selection.

Noonan said he was pleased with his start over the first two days of competition.

“I have been really happy with my form over the first part of this year and I’ve got off to a good start at these trials”, Noonan said. “All the guys have been training really well and we keep pushing each other forward and improving.”

The men’s four had their first race of the selection trials and the favoured crew of Cameron McKenzie - McHarg (VIC), James Marburg (VIC), Karsten Forsterling (VIC) and Terrence Alfred (NSW) finished just over a boat length clear of the second boat. The three Victorians were all members of the men’s eight in 2007 but are now part of the eight men battling for a seat in the men’s four crew.

This crew still needs to qualify for the Olympic Games and get their opportunity at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Poland in June when they are required to finish first or second.

In the women’s quad scull Sonia Mills (ACT), Amber Bradley (WA), Catriona Sens (VIC) and Kerry Hore (TAS) recorded a similar time to yesterday’s crew. Bradley came into the boat for Amy Ives (NSW), while Ives shifted into the double scull with Sally Robbins (WA).

Robbins and Ives were unable to match the pace of Marguerite Houston (SA) and Amber Halliday (SA), with the lightweight combination finishing four lengths clear of the heavyweight combination.

With two more women to be added to the women’s eight squad by the end of these trials, Natalie Bale (WA) and Robyn Selby Smith (VIC) were quick across the water this morning in the women’s pair to become the leading contenders to join the squad.

Racing will recommence at 8am on Sunday morning.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041


Friday 11 April

RA Media Release:
Rowers show their hand at Olympic trials

The first morning of Rowing Australia’s final selection trials has produced some excellent racing at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith.

With six Olympic class boats still to be selected to compete at international level this year all attention was focused on the men’s and women’s sculling groups as the rowers were met with ideal conditions.

Pippa Savage (QLD) showed strong form as she raced the women’s single scull against a number of U23 Women’s Pair combinations. Savage constructed an excellent race to finish two lengths clear of the other boats and reconfirm her bid to be selected to qualify the boat for Australia at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Poznan, Poland, June 15 – 18.

In a combined woman’s sculling race the quad scull crew of Kerry Hore (TAS), Amy Ives (NSW), Sonia Mills (ACT) and Catriona Sens (VIC) started twenty five seconds behind the double scull crew of Sally Robbins (WA) and Amber Bradley (WA) and the women’s lightweight double crew of Amber Halliday (SA) and Marguerite Houston (SA).

Hore, Ives, Mill and Sens were smooth across the water and overtook both double boats with 300 metres to go to win by just over 10 seconds from Halliday and Houston, while Robbins and Bradley finished in third place.

In the men’s quad scull race the crew of Dan Noonan (NSW), James McRae (SA), Peter Hardcastle (NSW) and Hick Hudson (NSW) won by five seconds from Chris Morgan (SA), James Gatti (WA), Tim Hennessy (SA) and Brendan Long (TAS).

These eight men are competing to fill the quad scull and the single scull, boats that have already qualified for the Olympic Games courtesy of efforts at the 2007 World Rowing Championships.

The two men’s four crews, who had been scheduled to race today, were unable to take to the water as one of the athlete’s was hampered by a slight injury. They will begin their trials tomorrow.

The trials will continue tomorrow morning at 8am.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041


Wednesday 9 April

Australia strikes gold in Italy

Congratulations to John MacLean and Kathryn Ross who won a gold medal in the Trunk and Arms Double Scull at the International Adaptive Regatta at Gavirate, Italy.


Wednesday 9 April

Vale John Button

Rowing Australia would like to pass on its condolences to the family of former Senator John Button who passed away on Monday night. Button was involved in the rowing community as a member of MUBC and coxed the 1951, 1952 and 1953 University Championship crews.


Wednesday 9 April

RA Media Release:
Lake Barrington to host 2009 Australian Rowing Championships

Rowing Australia is pleased to announce that the 2009 Australian Rowing Championships will be held at Lake Barrington in Tasmania.

The Rowing Australia Board met on Monday night to discuss a variety of options that had been presented after a review of the current format of the competition.

Lake Barrington will host the event between March 2 – 8 next year and the format will remain unchanged from this year.

There had been a proposal placed forward that a spilt format would be used for the Australian Rowing Championships so that the schools and open age events would be held at different venues.

Lake Barrington last hosted the Australian Rowing Championships in 2006 and also hosted the World Rowing Championships in 1990.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041


Wednesday 9 April

RA Media Release:
Final chance for Olympic hopefuls

Tuesday 8 April

The third and final round of selection trials for the 2008 Australian Rowing Team will begin at the Sydney International Regatta Centre on Friday 11 April.

The first three days of the trials will consist of a regatta where there will be racing across a number of categories. Seat racing will then occur until the conclusion of the trials on Sunday 20 April.

The trials will be used to select Olympic, non – Olympic, Under 23 and Junior crews for the 2008 international season.

Eight crews have already been selected as part of the team that will be nominated to the Australian Olympic Committee in June, while up to six further Olympic boats may be chosen following these trials.

The Men’s and Women’s Quad Sculls, as well as the Men’s Single Scull have already qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

The Women’s Double Scull, Women’s Single Scull and the Men’s Four will also be finalised following these trials but still have to qualify for Beijing. They will get this opportunity at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Poznan, Poland, June 15 – 18.

There will be a tight battle for places in the Men’s Four crew, with the eight athletes who missed out on selection in the Men’s Eight still vying for a seat in the smaller boat.

Cameron McKenzie – McHarg, James Marburg, Karsten Forsterling and Matt Ryan were all members of the Men’s Eight at the 2007 World Championships and are amongst those seeking selection. They will face stiff opposition from Francis Hegerty, Nick Baxter, Fergus Pragnell and Terrence Alfred in what promises to be a fascinating week of trials.

Racing will begin at 8am on Friday morning.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041


Wednesday 9 April

2009 regatta locations

The 2009 Australian Rowing Championships will be held in Tasmania at Lake Barrington, March 2–8. The Rowing Australia board ratified this decision on Monday evening and now preparations are underway for the event. (Travel to the regatta on the Spirit of Tasmania — more information.)

The Youth Cup will be held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre from July 10–12, 2009.


Wednesday 9 April

7.30 Report on ABC TV — now to air on Thursday 10 April

The 7.30 Report feature on the Women’s Eight crew, as they continue their preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, is now to run on Thursday 10 April.


Wednesday 9 April

FISA satisfied with Russian Rowing Federation actions

FISA press release, 4 April 2008

FISA, the International Rowing Federation, today released its final decision in response to the Russian Rowing Federation's new elections held last week-end.

The re-election had been requested by FISA following nine anti-doping code violations in a twelve- month period between July 2006 and July 2007. FISA had indicated in February this year that the Russian Rowing Federation risked a total ban from the sport unless they conducted a full re-election to replace the entire governing board as well as implicated people on the coaching and medical staff of their organisation by 31 March 2008. In today's letter, FISA congratulated the new President Leonid Drachevsky and informed him of FISA's satisfaction with the outcome of the election which was held inMoscow on Saturday, 29 March.

They confirmed to Drachevsky that, due to the prompt intervention of the National Olympic Committee and the Sports Ministry, no additional penalties would be imposed against the Russian Rowing Federation and that the ban on all Russian Rowing Federation officials from participating in FISA events would not apply to the newly elected officials and the newly appointed coaches and medical personnel, effective immediately. The two-year bans from national and international participation of the nine rowers found to have violated the code remain unchanged.

FISA reconfirmed the financial penalties which had been imposed on the Russian Rowing Federation which amount to CHF 53'338.- for reimbursement of costs incurred related to the anti-doping actions taken by FISA against the nine Russian athletes and the CHF 75'000.- fine but extended the payment deadlines slightly.

"We are satisfied that those responsible or in a position of responsibility have been punished" said the letter, co-signed by FISA President Denis Oswald and FISA Executive Director Matt Smith.

Denis Oswald commented this morning: "This concludes a very complicated series of cases for our Federation. We hope that the consequence of this procedure will be a better approach to the coach-athlete relationship in Russia and, above all, a better understanding of the anti-doping rules and health issues for athletes in the country." He added: "As we have said before, we will not tolerate actions that put athletes' health at risk because we are very sure that athletes had little to say in the matter."

Currently, Russia has one boat, the men's quadruple sculls, qualified to take part in the Beijing Olympic Games. Other boats will have a last chance to qualify at the final qualification regatta in Poznan, Poland this coming June. The team will be allowed to travel to these events accompanied by the new officials, coaches and support team within the scope of this decision.

Click here and scroll down to section 6 "Decisions" section to view the individual decisions related to the nine athletes and the federation, and a copy of today's letter to the new Russian Rowing Federation.

For more information - FISA media contact:
Marion Gallimore, Marketing and Communications Manager
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


Monday 7 April

RA Media Release:
Australia strikes gold in Italy

Australian rowers John MacLean and Kathryn Ross last night claimed a gold medal at the International Adaptive Regatta in Gavirate, Italy.

MacLean and Ross partnered each other in the Trunk and Arms Double Scull to record their first international victory and successfully continue their preparations for the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

The pair won their heat by six seconds before breaking clear in the final to win by one and a half boat length’s from an Italian combination.

Rowing Australia Head Adaptive Coach, Pedro Albisser, says that the result shows Ross and MacLean are moving in the right direction.

“John and Kathryn have progressed tremendously well since last year’s World Championships”, Albisser said. “The result is an excellent effort as they only arrived in Italy last Tuesday and did not have much time to acclimatise to the conditions.”

MacLean and Ross won the silver medal at last year’s World Championships and will be nominated to the Australian Paralympic Committee to compete at the inaugural rowing regatta in Beijing this year.

They will remain in Italy for the next week to train before returning to Australia to continue their preparations for the 2008 international season.

For photos of the event please visit www.fotoline.org.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041


Monday 7 April

2008 Australian Masters Championships: bulletin 2 now available

— Bulletin 2 — (pdf, 136kb)


Monday 7 April

Progress at Champion Lakes Regatta Centre

Images (taken last week) of the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre (CLRC) are below.

A single bay boatshed will be completed by the end of this month and the two-level amenities building (incorporating athlete toilets and showers and public toilets, offices and reception areas) will be completed by the end of June. Launching pontoons have been installed on the warm up lake and a pad made for the finish tower.

The Australian Dragon boat Championships will be conducted at CLRC next weekend. Rowing WA will hold six 2000m regattas (including State Championships) at the course through July, August and September.


Friday 4 April

RA Media Release:
Australians continue preparations for Beijing

Australian rowers John MacLean and Kathryn Ross will this weekend compete at the International Adaptive Regatta in Gavirate, Italy.

MacLean and Ross won a silver medal in the Trunk and Arms Double Scull at the 2007 World Rowing Championships and this year have their sights set on a gold medal at the inaugural rowing regatta at the Paralympic Games.

The pair will soon be nominated by Rowing Australia to the Australian Paralympic Committee, before the Australian team is selected later in the year to compete in Beijing.

The 2007 World Championships was the first time that MacLean and Ross combined and with a further twelve months of training and preparation they are expected to challenge for the gold in Beijing.

However their first concern is this weekend’s International Adaptive Regatta in Italy. All crews that participated in the final at last year’s World Championships except the gold medallists from Brazil will be present for the event.

Rowing Australia Adaptive Head Coach, Pedro Albisser, believes that the event is a crucial step in an important year for the sport.

“Kathryn and John are both excited at the opportunity to race at this event”, MacLean said. “2008 is a very important year for adaptive rowing and this weekend will provide us with an idea of where we are with our preparations.”

Results of the regatta will be made available on the Rowing Australia website.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041


Friday 4 April

RA Media Release:
Olympic dreams balance on knife edge

The third and final round of selection trials for the 2008 Australian Rowing Team will begin at the Sydney International Regatta Centre on Friday 11 April.

The first three days of the trials will consist of a regatta where there will be racing across a number of categories. Seat racing will then occur until the conclusion of the trials on Sunday 20 April.

The trials will be used to select Olympic, non – Olympic, Under 23 and Junior crews for the 2008 international season.

Eight crews have already been selected as part of the team that will be nominated to the Australian Olympic Committee in June, while up to six further Olympic boats may be chosen following these trials.

The Men’s and Women’s Quad sculls, as well as the Men’s Single scull have already qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and are amongst six crews that are still to be finalised.

The Women’s Double Scull, Women’s Single scull and the Men’s Four will also be finalised following these trials but still have to qualify for Beijing. They will get this opportunity at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Poznan, Poland, June 15 – 18.

Rowing Australia High Performance Director, Noel Donaldson, says the pressure will be high but expects all participants to perform at the highest standard.

“The endeavour of the athletes can’t be questioned in such a stressful period”, Donaldson said. “We have been really happy with how the entire group has progressed since the previous selection trials.”

A program of events will be available from next Wednesday.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041


Wednesday 2 April

2008 World University Rowing Championships: documentation available here

World University Rowing Championships, Belgrade, Serbia, 5–7 September 2008

Attached here are details and the official nomination form:

Closing date for nominations is 5pm Monday 7 April 2008.

Please note: all Rowing Australia selection documentation can be found — here —

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