Monday 21 July
Australia all set for the 2014 World Rowing U23 Championships in Varese
Event runs from 23-27 July in Italy; Team has been preparing at AIS ETC ahead of regatta
The U23 Australian Rowing Team will this week compete in Varese, Italy in the World Rowing U23 Championships. The team of 33 athletes will compete in 10 events over the five-day regatta which is being hosted on Lake Varese.
The team of athletes selected to compete at the event represent the depth of talent within the Australian talent pathway. A number of athletes have successfully transitioned from the Junior and U21 Teams to add vital experience to the U23 Team, demonstrating progression along the talent pipeline.
2013 World Rowing Junior Champions in the Women's Coxless Pair, Jessie Allen and Genevieve Horton will be competing once again in the U23 equivalent event. The duo from New South Wales competed not only in last year's Junior event but also in the U23s, where they finished fourth in the A-Final despite being 'junior athletes'.
Allen and Horton, who are coached by Alfie Young of Mosman Rowing Club, will be hoping to continue their winning ways and claim victory in the U23 category as they continue to drive their way towards a potential place in the senior team in due course.
"We're looking forward to competing at Varese," admitted the 19-year-old Allen. "We had a good National and State Championships, as well as selection trials, and we're confident we're on the right track ahead of this event.
"Last year we came here and finished fourth in the final, while we were still juniors, so hopefully this year we can improve further on that result. It's been good to be out in Italy early and training at the ETC to give us that extra acclimatisation advantage."
The vast amount of athletes selected to compete at this year's event have either previously represented at an U23 level or have come through the National Talent Pathway Program and competed on a world stage previously.
That includes the likes of U23 Men's Single Sculler, Luke Letcher, who had a great warm-up event for the World Championships after he won the U23 category in his event at the Holland Beker Regatta in Amsterdam last month.
Letcher said: "It was obviously great to win the U23 category in The Netherlands and get some racing under my belt before we get into the serious matter of racing at the U23s. Travelling with the senior team to the Holland Beker event was great too as I had an opportunity to train alongside our top scullers."
Three crews also recently attended the final round of the World Rowing Cup in Lucerne as part of their preparation for the Varese event. The U23 Men's Double Sculls partnership of Max McQueeney and David Watts, the U23 Men's Coxless Pair of Jack Hargreaves and Nicholas Wheatley and U23 Women's Lightweight Double Sculls duo of Georgia Nesbitt and Georgia Miansarow all travelled to Switzerland.
The trip proved a positive experience for the crews and Tasmanian-born Nesbitt said it had definitely helped prime her for competing in Italy.
"I think the opportunity to race in Lucerne has definitely helped all three of the crews ahead of the U23s, it not only gave us a racing environment it also gave us a chance to see some of our competition who will be competing in Italy.
"Georgia and I were pleased with our preparation and to have finished fifth in the B-Final in Lucerne, but we've plenty to work on and hopefully it will come good for us in the World Championships."
The event will also see Australia enter a U23 Men's and Women's coxed eight, with a number of both crews' athletes coming from US-based Australian rowers. The U23 Men's Coxed Eight features rowers currently studying and competing at the following universities - Princeton University, University of California (Berkeley), University of Washington, Harvard University, Yale University and Columbia University
The U23 Women's Coxed Eight are made up of five Australian-based rowers and four US-based students who have from the universities of Princeton, Syracuse, Stanford and UC Berkeley.
The Women's Coxless Four, who also make-up part of the Eight, includes the younger sister of London 2012 silver medallist and current Australian Rowing Team member Joshua Dunkley-Smith, Addy Dunkley-Smith who has come up from the U21 team.
"I'm really looking forward to competing at the U23s in both the Four and the Eight, it's been great to be out early in Italy at the ETC and to be out on the water daily in both boats and really getting ourselves prepped and ready to compete.
"Competing in a sweep boat, like Josh, is great as I can look to him for guidance and he's been giving me some tips to help prepare me ahead of the competition here in Italy. Hopefully I can make him and the rest of my family proud out there later this week," said the 21-year-old from Victoria.
The full U23 Australian Rowing Team for the World Rowing U23 Championships is as follows:
U23 Men's Lightweight Coxless Pair
Jack Armitage (Toowong RC/QLD)
Hamish Parry (Toowong RC/QLD)
Coach - Kieran Dwyer (QLD)
U23 Men's Coxless Pair
Jack Hargreaves (Sydney University BC/NSW)
Nicholas Wheatley (Sydney University BC/NSW)
Coach - Mark Prater (NSW)
U23 Men's Coxed Eight
Tim Masters (Banks RC/VIC/Princeton University)
Louis Snelson (Sydney RC/ NSW/ University of California, Berkeley)
Aaron Wright (Mosman RC/ NSW/ University of California, Berkeley)
Henry Meek (Melbourne University BC/ VIC/ University of Washington)
Charlie Risbey (Melbourne University BC/ VIC/ Harvard University)
Ben Coombs (Banks RC/ VIC/ Columbia University)
Simon Keenan (Melbourne University BC/ VIC/ Yale University)
James Medway (Sydney University BC/ NSW/ Harvard University)
Stuart Sim - Coxswain (Melbourne University BC/ VIC/ University of Washington)
Coach - Andrew Randell (ACT-ACTAS)
U23 Men's Single Scull
Luke Letcher (Black Mountain RC/ACT)
Coach - Lyall McCarthy (NTC-Canberra)
U23 Men's Double Scull
David Watts (Swan River RC/WA)
Max McQueeney (Buckingham RC/TAS)
Coach - Rhett Ayliffe (WA-WAIS)
U23 Women's Coxless Pair
Jessie Allen (Mosman RC/NSW)
Genevieve Horton (Mosman RC/NSW)
Coach - Alfie Young (NSW)
U23 Women's Coxless Four
Katrina Werry (Mercantile RC/VIC)
Addy Dunkley-Smith (Mercantile RC/VIC)
Eleanor Wilson (Toowong RC/QLD)
Georgina Gotch (Mosman RC/NSW)
Coach - David McGrath (VIC)
U23 Women's Coxed Eight
Georgina Gotch (Mosman RC/NSW)
Eleanor Wilson (Toowong RC/QLD)
Addy Dunkley-Smith (Mercantile RC/ VIC)
Katrina Weary (Mercantile RC/ VIC)
Jacinta Edmunds (Commercial RC/ QLD/ University of California, Berkeley)
Lilly Tinapple (Swan River RC/ WA/ Stanford University)
Georgina Howe (Melbourne University BC/ VIC/ Princeton University)
Emily Carey (University of Queensland BC/ QLD/ Syracuse University)
Sarah Banting - Coxswain (Mercantile RC/ VIC)
Coach - Vicky Spencer (ACT)
U23 Women's Lightweight Double Scull
Georgia Miansarow (Mosman RC/NSW)
Georgia Nesbitt (Huon RC/TAS)
Coach - Paul Newbon (TAS)
U23 Women's Quadruple Scull
Rosalind Cartmill (Brisbane & GPS/QLD)
Tessa Carty (Bundaberg RC/QLD)
Narelle Badenoch (Adelaide University BC/SA)
Leah Saunders (Sydney RC/NSW)
Coach - Adam Vine-Hall (SA-SASI)
A rower may compete in an Under 23 rowing event until 31st of December of the year in which he reaches the age of 22.
To keep up to date with how the U23 ARTeam are doing at the event, visit www.worldrowing.com for their live-tracker application.
Media looking for images of the team in action should contact Lucy Benjamin on email@example.com.
Should you wish to tweet @RowingAust during the event, please use the official U23 Australian Rowing Team hashtag #ARTeam. The event hashtag is #WRU23Champs. We will also be putting up images, when available, on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/RowingAustralia
For more information, please contact:
Rowing Australia – Media and Communications Manager
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