The Sydney University Women’s Eight leaves for the Great Race in New Zealnad next Saturday 4th Sept. The
Great Race has been held for about 5-6 years and is run on a 3.85km “against the flow” course through central Hamilton on New Zealand’s largest river – the mighty Waikato. Waikato means “flowing water” and it flows for 425km beginning life in the snows and ice fields of Tongariro National Park. Before entering Lake Taupo it is known as the Tongariro River for part of its length.
With strong river flow it is important for crews to hug the banks where possible to avoid the major effect of the current. This year three crews instead of the usual two will contest the event so positioning on the river and out of the stream will be important with at least one crew having to row behind another for much of the race.
University of Waikato, Melbourne University and Sydney University will contest the women’s event.
The Sydney crew will be:
Emmalene Fick, Madeleine Cavanagh, Jessica Buttel, Sabina White, Emma Costello, Charlotte Walters, Beatrix Sheldrick, Ellena Winstanley and William Raven (cox). Coach is Gonzalo Briones.
The Great Race is on the weekend of 10-11th September.