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The SUBC U23 eight flies out to Toronto this Saturday 21st July to compete in the Ontario Rowing Championships and the Annual Canadian Henley Regatta. The crew consists of seven members of the crew that won the national U23 eights title at Champion Lakes, WA in March this year. Replacing Sasha Belonogoff and Ryan Edwards are newcomers Peter Koster and Jack Hargreaves. Sasha and Ryan have just finished competing at the U23 Worlds in Lithuania where they won bronze in the hotly contested Quad Scull.

The crew will be coxed by Will Raven, Will has also been in Trakai, Lithuania coxing the Australian U23 Coxed four and will fly from Europe to meet the team in Canada.

Our senior coach Rick van Hooydonk will be coaching and managing the crew. The team will be staying at Ridley College which is about twenty minutes from Welland lakes ( the site of the Ontario Championships) and 15 minutes from St Catherine’s – the site of Canadian Henley.

The Canadian Henley regatta traces its beginnings back to 1880 and 2012 is the 130th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. Racing will be from Tuesday 7th August to Sunday 12th August.

The SUBC crew leave full funded after a successful fundraiser lunch held on 7th July at Scots College Boatshed. The crew and the club would like to thank all those involved in making the function a great success. Particular thanks goes to the parents who arranged all the food, prizes, wine and beer, thanks to all who attended and to those who spent up on our main auction items. Also special thanks to The Scots College, and headmaster Dr Ian Lambert for the use of their boatshed. The team would also like to thank The Kings School and Rowing Master Tom Courtney for allowing the use of their Hudson Eight. The crew will be using a Hudson eight in Canada and welcomed the opportunity provided by Kings to train in the same type of boat before their departure.

The crew is : Tom McClintock, Jon Rundle, Peter Koster, Jack Hargreaves, Kit Cunningham-Reid, Hamish Playfair, Tom Sacre, Nick Wheatley and cox Will Raven. Ryan Barraclough is single sculler and reserve for the eight.