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Archived latest news items: June 2008

Friday 27 June

Position vacant: Director of Rowing, Xavier College
(re-advertised)

Xavier College is seeking candidates for the position of Director of Rowing.

With responsibility for the management and co-ordination of Rowing across 3 campuses, the successful candidate will have a proven track record in the successful administration and development of rowing programmes at school, club or international level. Strong leadership and communication skills are essential.

Applicants from teaching and other backgrounds will be considered.

The successful applicant is expected to fully support the Ignatian ethos of the College.

Applications in writing close at 4 p.m. on Monday, 7 July, 2008. Applications, including the names of two referees and a further two written references, should be directed to the Chair of the Xavier College Boat Club Board, Mr Paul Henderson, Xavier College/Burke Hall, Studley Park Road, Kew, Victoria, 3101.

The College’s preference is that the Director of Rowing would commence duties as soon as possible or, at a mutually agreed later date.

For a role description and information about Xavier College, please visit the Xavier College website: www.xavier.vic.edu.au

Xavier College is an independent Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition.

Rowing coach and other position vacancies are regularly advertised — here —


Tuesday 24 June

International Olympic Committee Anti-Doping Rules — athletes and coaches please note

The IOC has released the following IMPORTANT documents regarding Anti-Doping Rules that will be in effect during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The IOC Cover Letter (pdf, 128kb) gives a brief summary of the rules; however you should make yourself aware of the detail in these IOC Anti-Doping Rules (pdf,460kb) to ensure that you are compliant with International Rules.


Tuesday 24 June

RA media release:
Double bronze for Australia at final Olympic warm up

Monday 23 June

Two Australian rowing crews have won bronze medals at World Cup 3, the final international regatta before the Olympics, in Poznan, Poland.

The 2007 World Champion in the Women’s Lightweight Double Scull, Amber Halliday and Marguerite, raced with confidence across the weekend to finish third in their final, while the Men’s Lightweight Four crew of Todd Skipworth, Anthony Edwards, Ben Cureton and Rod Chisholm also finished third in a world class field/

Halliday and Houston, who are following a racing plan that will see them peak in just over a month’s time, qualified directly for the final from their heat on Friday and secured a middle lane in the process. In the final they settled in third place through the first quarter of the race and were unable to reel in Canada and Germany and finished in a time of 7:29.80, two seconds behind the winning Canadians.

The Men’s Lightweight Four were also very impressive in their final warm up event before Beijing and were contenders in a final that featured five crews competing in the World Championship final last year.

France led from Australia through the first stages of the race before the Australian crew, stroked by Todd Skipworth, drew level and passed the French at the halfway mark. Over the last 500 metres of the race the French re – established their margin and held on to win the race in a time of 6:08.76, while Australia was pipped by the fast finishing Italians by two hundredths of a second.

In other results, the Men’s Lightweight Double Scull crews of Sam Beltz and Tom Gibson won the B Final, while the reserve pair of Terrence Alfred and Karsten Forsterling finished 4th in the A Final of the Men’s Pair.

Australia’s 14 qualified crews will now be nominated to the Australian Olympic Committee for selection on the Olympic Team. They will continue their preparations over the next month in Australia before all converging on Penrith for a pre – Olympic training camp at the end of July.

For race reports please visit www.rowingaustralia.com.au.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041


Sunday 22 June

Position vacant: National Education Officer, Rowing Australia

Rowing Australia is the national governing body for the sport of rowing and invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for the position of National Education Officer. The position is full time and will be based in Canberra.

The main tasks include:

  • Coordinate the development and implementation of the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) and National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS).
  • Coordinate the development and production of Rowing Australia’s education resources.
  • In conjunction with the Development and Operations Manager, conduct the biennial coaches’ conference.
  • Develop new education initiatives designed to increase the overall effectiveness of Rowing Australia’s education program.

The successful candidate will possess the following traits:

  • Strong technical knowledge of the sport of Rowing
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of the delivery of coach / official education and sport development programs
  • Strong administrative and organisational skills
  • High level of oral and written communication skills

To access a detailed job description click here.

A salary will be offered that is commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications.

Please provide a letter describing your suitability for this position, together with a detailed resume to Adam Horner at ahorner@rowingaustralia.com.au by 5:00pm AEST Friday 4 July 2008. If you require further information on the position please contact Andrew Dee or Adam Horner on (02) 6256 5999.

Rowing coach and other position vacancies are regularly advertised — here —


Friday 20 June

2008 Senior A National Rowing Team Announcement

Rowing Australia is pleased to announce the 2008 Senior A National Rowing Team for nomination to the Australian Olympic Committee for its consideration for selection to the 2008 Australian Olympic Team.


Thursday 19 June

FISA media release:
Rowing completes Olympic qualification process

18 June 2008

Rowing's Final Olympic Qualification Regatta concluded today in Poznan, Poland, with a day of nail-biting racing that saw 19 nations qualify 29 more boats for the Beijing regatta and 87 new Olympians leave the regatta course with racing in Beijing on their minds.

A grand total of 100 nations competed in rowing's Olympic Qualification process which began at the 2007 World Rowing Championships in Munich and continued through 2007 and 2008 with continental qualification events around the world, culminating in the final Olympic Qualification regatta in Poznan. This is 15 nations more than the 85 from Athens and 75 from Sydney, and is a huge step forward in rowing's global appeal.

Fifty-eight nations will be represented in the sport of rowing this summer in Beijing, three more than at the Athens Olympics in 2004. The 29 boats qualified today bring the tally that will compete in Beijing to 204 and the total number of athletes to 550.

It was a good day for the Netherlands, Canada and Australia, who each qualified three more boats for Beijing. Australia now has a full house with 14 boats qualified, while Germany and the USA will each send 13 boats to the Olympics. It was also a good day for Portugal and Lithuania: both nations came into the regatta with no Olympic qualifications but the gutsy performances of the Portuguese lightweight men's double and Lithuanian men's single sculler secured their countries' entry ticket to the Shunyi Olympic Rowing and Canoeing course.

The boats that qualified in the 14 Olympic boat classes today are as follows:

Women's single (W1x): AUS, ITA, SRB Men's single (M1x): USA, LTU, EST
Women's pair (W2-): FRA, GBR Men's pair (M2-): CAN. ITA
Women's double (W2x): UKR, AUS Men's double (M2x): CHN, RUS
Men's four (M4-): AUS, CHN Lightweight women's double (LW2x): NED, USA
Lightweight men's double (LM2x): NZL, POR, CAN Lightweight men's four (LM4-): GER, IRL
Women's quad (W4x): RUS Men's quad (M4x): BLR, SLO
Women's eight (W8+): CAN, NED Men's eight (M8+): NED

For full regatta results, click here.

Most crews will head home immediately from the regatta to begin final preparations for the Olympic Regatta, which starts on August the 9th, just 51 days from now. Some crews will stay on to race in the final stage of the Rowing World Cup series, which runs from 20 to 22 June. This regatta will see one crew become the Cup winner in each of the 14 Olympic boat classes and one nation receiving the overall World Cup.

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


Wednesday 18 June

RA media release:
Australia sets sights on Beijing after Poland blitz

Australia’s rowers have qualified all 14 boat classes for the Olympics for the first time as the three remaining crews secured their place at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Poznan, Poland.

With all 14 crews now qualified for the Olympics, the rowing section of the Australian Olympic Team will be the largest with 48 athletes.

Pippa Savage (QLD) was the first to book her place at Beijing after winning a close final in the Women’s Single Scull.

Savage came from second place with 500m to go to win the final in a time of 7:58.33 three seconds ahead of rowers from Italy and Serbia. All three crews will qualify for the Olympic Games.

Savage executed her race plan at the start and moved to a one second lead after the first 500m before slipping back to second place over the middle stages of the race. She was never in danger of missing out on a berth in Beijing however with the top three rowers well clear of the field.

Savage could not contain her excitement after the race.

“The whole morning has been exciting, especially seeing the boys win despite having a reserve in the boat”, Savage said. “I had a good start but the Serbian girl really put the pressure on and led most of the way.”

“The last 500 metres I was going for it pretty hard but didn’t feel as though I was moving anywhere. I think it is now more relief than anything.”

The Women’s Double Scull crew of Sonia Mills (ACT) and Catriona Sens (VIC) were the second Australian crew to advance to the Olympics after finishing second in the final.

Mills and Sens sat in behind the fast starting French after 500m before overtaking them and moving a boat length clear of the Ukranian crew at the halfway mark.

With both crews safely ahead of the field in the last part of the race, Ukraine came over the top of Australia to win in a time of 7:18.98, with Mills and Sens crossing the line in 7:22.03.

Sens says it was an amazing feeling.

"I don't think it has quite sunk in yet, everyone is buzzing", Sens said. “It is just great being part of such an exciting regatta and I am so happy to be in a boat with Sonia."

"We now have about 50 days to go before Beijing and it is nice to know we can go there to win something. We had everything to lose here but have come through."

Mills meanwhile said the last 500m was nerve wracking.

“The last 500 metres was so tough and I was hurting”, Mills said. “We had worked so hard during the middle 1000m and set ourselves up for a good finish.”

“Even though we didn’t win, we qualified the boat and that is what we came here to do.”

The Men’s Four stormed to victory despite the setback of losing Matt Ryan (NSW) before the race. Ryan was forced to withdraw shortly before the race through sickness and was replaced by Terrence Alfred (NSW) in the bow seat.

Alfred joined Francis Hegerty (NSW), Cameron McKenzie – McHarg (VIC) and James Marburg (VIC)to win in a time of 6:05.85. They moved a length clear after only 750m and continued to move clear of China in second place.

The Australian’s crossed the line two seconds clear of the Chinese with both crews moving forward to Beijing.

Francis Hegerty said that the late withdrawal of Matt Ryan was a tough challenge to overcome.

“It was a bit unsettling this morning when we knew Matt was out but we are lucky to have such a great replacement in T (Terrence Alfred)”, Hegerty said. “We still were aware of the job we had come to do and we put our mark on the race in the first 500m and never looked back.”

Rowing Australia CEO Andrew Dee says that is a significant achievement.

“To go to the final regatta and qualify three more crews is a tremendous result and all the crews should be congratulated”, Dee said. “They have placed in an enormous effort and it will be great to see 48 athletes nominated to the Australian Olympic Committee next week.”

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041

See results, race reports and photos — here —


Monday 16 June

RA media release:
Australia reign supreme at Olympic qualifiers

All three of Australia’s crews have secured qualification for the final at the rowing Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Poznan, Poland.

Pippa Savage won her heat of the Women’s Single Scull to set the trend for Australia in the light holding wind and soft rain.

Savage led from start to finish in her heat to win in a time of 7:48.84 and move one step closer to realising her Olympic dream. She finished 10 seconds clear of the field and will now have a day’s break before the final on Wednesday. With three boats qualifying for the Olympics at this regatta Savage is now well placed to row in Beijing.

Savage said after the race that her plan unfolded well.

“My plan was to get out in front early and sit in front of the field”, Savage said. “I will be trying to relax a bit over the next two days but am really looking forward to the final.”

The Women’s Double Scull crew of Sonia Mills and Catriona Sens also won their heat to move through to the final on Wednesday.

Mills and Sens won in a time of 7:25.13 to lead home France and Poland. They need to finish in the top two in the final to progress to the Olympics.

Meanwhile the Men’s Four of Francis Hegerty, James Marburg, Cameron McKenzie – McHarg and Matt Ryan continued their strong form to comfortably win their heat and book a place in the final.

The Australian’s, fresh off their gold medal from World Cup 2, led from start to finish in the race to win in a time of 6:08.34. They finished eight seconds clear of Egypt and Croatia.

McKenzie–McHarg said the crew dealt well with the pre race nerves.

“There are always a few nerves ahead of big races like these, but we are not the only crew to feel them”, McKenzie–McHarg said. “The race re–affirmed the hard work we have been doing and hopefully we will have a new goal after the race on Wednesday.”

Rowing Australia High Performance Director Noel Donaldson says that the crews will have gained confidence from the result.

“On a day when nerves are felt by all crews, our crews now know they are capable of producing rows that will secure them a place at the Olympic Games”, Donaldson said. “These were only the heats but they have shown the pace that will serve them well in the finals on Wednesday.”

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041

See results and race reports — here —


Monday 15 June

July 2008 rowing at Poznan

World Cup III, 20-22 June

See results, read race reports and view images.

Final Olympic Qualification Regatta, 15-18 June

See results, read race reports and view images for the final three Australian crews (W1x, W2x, M4-) attempting to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.


Friday 13 June

2008 Senior Australian Rowing Team announcement

The Board of Rowing Australia is pleased to advise that the following athletes have been added to the 2008 Senior Australian Rowing Team to compete in Linz, Austria (22-27 July 2008).

Lightweight Men’s Eight:

Oliver Zuk (NSW) has been added to the crew replacing Max Sondermeyer (Tas.)

Max Sondermeyer has been endorsed as reserve for this crew, and will also race in the Lightweight Men’s Single Scull barring injury to any member of the LM8+.

The final crew for the Men’s Lightweight Eight is:

PURCELL Darryn (Qld)
BAKER Nick (Tas.)
WARD Perry (WA)
BROWN Ross (WA)
ZUK Oliver (NSW)
HOYES Robert (Qld)
FINLAYSON Shaun (Tas)
TUNEVITSCH Blair (Tas)
McGRATH David (Cox) (Vic.)
COACH: BATT Ron
RESERVE and ML1x SONDERMEYER Max (Tas.)

Full team details are available — here —


Wednesday 11 June

Position vacant: Boys First Rowing Coach, Caulfield Grammar School
(re-advertised)

Caulfield Grammar School is a coeducational day and boarding school with five campuses – four in Australia and one in Nanjing, China – and is associated with the Anglican Church. It is well known for its provision of innovative, specialist programs for girls and boys from Kindergarten to University level. Teaching staff are supported by an extensive professional development program.

Caulfield Grammar School is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the Boys 1st V111 Rowing Coach.

Rowing enjoys a strong following of some 200 girls and boys from the school’s Caulfield and Wheelers Hill campuses with boatsheds on both the Yarra River and at Albert Park Lake. The successful applicants will be highly motivated and teamwork oriented with experience in school or elite rowing programs. A current Level 2 Rowing Coaching accreditation is highly desirable. Responsibilities include land and water based coaching, and liaison with the Director of Rowing, Mr Matthew Sparks, regarding conditioning, planning and management of the senior squad.

The position is part-time, to commence in Term 3, 2008. Suitably qualified candidates may also negotiate further roles within the school including administrative duties in the Rowing Program and/or an additional teaching role within the school.

Written applications with the names of three referees should be forwarded to Mr Matthew Sparks, Director of Rowing, Caulfield Grammar School, PO Box 610, Elsternwick 3185.

Applications: close Thursday 19 June
Enquiries: Mr James Petering on 9524 6300 or jamespetering@caulfieldgs.vic.edu.auwww.caulfieldgs.vic.edu.au

Rowing coach and other position vacancies are regularly advertised — here —


Sunday 8 June

2008 Saltwater Challenge: Saturday 13 September, 2008

In September 2005 four champion scullers from Tasmania and four champion scullers from Victoria challenged each other for 4.5 kilometres on the Maribyrnong River in Melbourne. The course follows curves, bends, and straights starting at the Tea Gardens in Avondale Heights and finishes at the Essendon Rowing Club in Moonee Ponds. The Tasmanian quad finished in a time of 14mins.52.8secs. with the Victorian crew less than 2 seconds behind. There were 70 entries in 2007 but the record set by the Tasmanian quad still stands.

In 2008, the Saltwater Challenge is on Saturday September 13th. This is a huge opportunity for champion scullers from the ACT, SA, NSW, Qld, and WA to join Victoria in challenging Tasmania for the SWC Shield as well as winning the prestige of being the fastest quad in Australia over this distance. Essendon Rowing Club will have funds available to assist selected interstate representative crews to participate in the Challenge as well as boats if required. The Saltwater Challenge regatta is also a great opportunity for junior, school, club rowers, masters, elite, as well as corporate scullers to compete in their own divisions.

Essendon Rowing Club invites you to accept the challenge of racing quad sculls along a most exciting 4.5 km. course in your own division. Please see the flyer (pdf, 116kb) and Bulletin 1 (pdf, 484kb) for further information.


Friday 6 June

FISA media release:
Last chance for Olympic qualification

The entries for the final Olympic Qualification regatta to be held in Poland from 15-18 June have been received, and a total of 44 nations will try for the last remaining starting slots at the Olympic regatta in Beijing from 9 to 17 August.

The mens' single and lightweight men's double will be the most heavily contested events with 17 entries in each and only 3 Olympic spots available in the single and two in the lightweight double. In the men's eight, where only one qualification spot is still open, eight crews will do their utmost to finish first.

Regional qualification events took place around the world over the past year, with the primary qualification opportunity last year at the 2007 World Rowing Championships in Munich. There 129 boats secured their qualification places. In total, 465 athletes have already booked their tickets for Beijing through the various qualification events and only 28 boat spots (85 athletes) are still up for grabs in Poznan, which will bring the tally of boats that will compete in Beijing to 550 athletes in 202 boats.

This regatta also features the last international adaptive rowing regatta before the Paralympic Games regatta from 9 to 11 September 2008. Although qualification for the Paralympic Games was finalised in Munich last month, this regatta gives a final opportunity for international racing before the big event in September. Any crew is eligible to take part here in Poznan, whether qualified for the Paralympic Games or not. In total 25 adaptive crews will race in the usual four boat classes.

For the full list of entries and latest schedule please visit our website www.worldrowing.com or click here. The website will also provide an event by event preview, race reports and photo galleries during and after the regatta.

Media accreditation can be requested through the website (www.worldrowing.com > media > media accreditation).

The following number of qualification spots are to be determined during this event:

Women's single (W1x): 3 Men's single (M1x): 3
Women's pair (W2-): 2 Men's pair (M2-): 2
Women's double (W2x): 2 Men's double (M2x): 2
Men's four (M4-): 2 Lightweight women's double (LW2x): 2
Lightweight men's double (LM2x): 2 Lightweight men's four (LM4-): 2
Women's quad (W4x): 1 Men's quad (M4x): 2
Women's eight (W8+): 2 Men's eight (M8+): 1

 

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


Friday 6 June

World Cup II Lucerne: image galleries

View images of Australian crews racing in Lucerne — here —


Wednesday 4 June

Positions vacant:
National High Performance Director — Rowing and
AIS/National Head Coach - Men — Rowing

National High Performance Director
Rowing

Job No 199 Salary package negotiable

The Australian Institute of Sport and Rowing Australia are seeking the services of a suitably qualified person to lead the national high performance program in preparation for the London Olympic Games and beyond.

This exciting management role will provide strong national leadership and implement strategies to achieve sustainable success for Australian rowing at successive Olympic and Paralympic Games. It will include leading and managing the national high performance program across Australia and harnessing all of the available operational and technical resources for success.

The key performance measure will be the delivery of medals at Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Position is based in Canberra, unless otherwise negotiated and will be available from 1 October 2008 to 31 December 2012.

For selection documentation visit www.ausport.gov.au/jobs
If you are unable to access the internet, please contact our recruitment officer on (02) 6214 1328.

For enquiries after reading the job description (rtf, 20kb) contact Peter Fricker on (02) 6214 1238.

Applications close Tuesday, 24 June 2008.
Application for employment (rtf, 40kb).

AIS/National Head Coach - Men
Rowing

Job No 163 Salary package negotiable

The Australian Institute of Sport and Rowing Australia are seeking the services of a suitably qualified coach to lead the national men’s high performance program in preparation for the London Olympic Games and beyond.

Under the direction of the National High Performance Director, this role will lead and implement strategies to achieve sustainable success for Australian men’s rowing at successive Olympic and Paralympic Games. It will provide intensive, high quality training, support services and competition opportunities to athletes on AIS scholarship and within the National squad.

Position is based in Canberra and will be available until 31 December 2012.

For selection documentation visit www.ausport.gov.au/jobs
If you are unable to access the internet, please contact our recruitment officer on (02) 6214 1328.

For enquiries after reading the job description (rtf, 20kb) contact Peter Fricker on (02) 6214 1238.

Applications close Tuesday, 24 June 2008.
Application for employment (rtf, 40kb).

Rowing coach and other position vacancies are regularly advertised — here —


Wednesday 4 June

Vale Brian Doyle

It is with great regret that we advise that Brian Doyle died on Sunday 1st June 2008.

Brian was a tough and superb stroke. He instilled a compelling winning attitude in his crews who in turn thought of him as indestructible.

At Xavier College he stroked the crew to a win in 1948. Unfortunately his school was unable to win the event again until 1999, some fifty years later. He was one the few people ever to compete in a school first crew for four years.

He went onto a successful club, state and national rowing career winning all that was on offer at that time.

He was also a Club administrator being Vice Captain of Mercantile for two years and chairman of selectors in a period in the 1980s when Mercantile was a very strong club. In recent years, he was actively involved in the re-establishment of the Australian Henley Regatta.

After active rowing, his passion for the sport continued with successful coaching. He coached many school and club crews at Xavier College and Mercantile, including coaching his two sons David and Mark. His sons won a gold medal together in the coxless pairs at the Under 23 Championships in Vienna in 1982. They followed in Brian’s footsteps with both becoming rowing Olympians, successful King’s Cup oarsmen and school first crew coaches. Mark also went on to be a world champion.

Brian left a great mark on Xavier, Mercantile, Victorian and Australian rowing.

His rowing record follows:
1946 – APS Head of the River Xavier College bow – Second in Losers final
1947 – APS Head of the River Xavier College stroke – Last
1948 – APS Head of the River Xavier College stroke – First
1949 – APS Head of the River Xavier College stroke – Second
1952 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship two seat – First
1953 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship two seat – First
1954 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship stroke – First
1955 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship stroke – Second
1956 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship stroke – First
1956 – Olympic Games – Men’s Eight stroke – Bronze


Wednesday 4 June

RA media release:
Olympic hopes increased for Men's Four

Sunday June 1 2008

Australia has added two further medals on finals day at Rowing World Cup 2 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The Men’s Four of Francis Hegerty, Cameron McKenzie – McHarg, James Marburg and Matt Ryan led from start to finish to win gold, giving themselves a valuable boost of confidence ahead of the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Poland in two weeks time.

The crew has aimed to reach their initial peak at that regatta, where they will need to finish first or second if they want to compete in Beijing.

They won the race in a time of 5:52.04 to lead home the Netherlands by half a boat length, while the USA won the bronze medal.
The Australian Women’s Eight won the silver medal behind reigning world champions, the USA. After a slow start the crew came back strongly over the last 500m to finish a canvas behind USA in a time of 6:07.91.

The Men’s Eight were unable to match their performance from World Cup 1 as they finished fourth in the final behind the Olympic favourites, Canada.

The Women’s Quad Scull crew of Amber Bradley, Kerry Hore, Zoe Uphill and Amy Ives came 6th in the A Final.

Earlier in the day the Men’s Pair of Duncan Free and Drew won a bronze medal, while David Crawshay and Scott Brennan also won bronze in the Men’s Double Scull.

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

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041


Monday 2 June

Australian Paralympic Nomination Policy — Rowing

The Australian Paralympic Committee has approved the APC Nomination Policy for Rowing. This policy allows Rowing Australia to nominate athletes to the Australian Paralympic Team who have met the requirements of the Rowing Australia Selection Policy and are eligible to compete at the Beijing Paralympics as deemed so by FISA and the International Paralympic Committee.

Download the APC Nomination Policy — Rowing (pdf, 36kb)

This should be read in conjunction with the Rowing Australia Selection Policy 2005–2008 and the 2007–2008 Event Supplement for Adaptive Rowing Team which can be found here.


Monday 2 June

Vale Martin Tomanovits

Rowing Australia notes the passing of Australian Olympian, Martin Tomanovits, Rowing, 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Martin passed away 18 April 2008.


Monday 2 June

RA media release:
Double bronze for Australia in Lucerne

Sunday June 1 2008

Two Australian crews have won bronze medals in the first session of finals racing at the rowing World Cup 2 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The world champion Men's Pair of Duncan Free and Drew Ginn finished third behind Canada and New Zealand in their first race of the international season. After a slow start Ginn and Free were unable to make up the ground on the Canadian pair, while New Zealand finished strongly to claim the silver medal.

David Crawshay and Scott Brennan won their second consecutive bronze medal at the world cup regattas after finishing with great pace. Crawshay and Brennan will now return to Australia to conclude their preparations for the Olympic Games.

Reigning world champions in the Women's Lightweight Double Scull, Amber Halliday and Marguerite Houston, finished fourth in their final behind China.

The Women's Pair of Sarah Cook and Kim Crow finished fourth in their final, while Pippa Savage finished 6th in the final of the Women's Single Scull.

The Men's Eight and Women's Eight will enter their finals later this evening as strong contenders for medals, while the Men's Four and Women's Quad Scull will also race in finals.

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

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041

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