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The Sydney University Boat Club (SUBC) managed to raise over $50,000 required to fund the Junior (U19) and U23 athletes who will travelling around the world in 2013 representing Australia. SUBC and the parents of the 11 athletes selected on Australian teams held a fundraiser lunch for around 175 guests at the Scots College Boatshed to raise the targeted $50,000 to contribute to athlete tour costs. Three SUBC coaches have also been selected to represent Australia.

The 2013 U23 World Championships will be held in Linz, Austria from July 24-28, while the Junior World Championships will be in Trakai, Lithuania from August 7-11.

Sunday’s fundraising lunch was very graciously hosted by Mr Tony Squires, who was as usual professional and entertaining. Between entry tickets, raffles and auction items, enough funds were raised to cover all the seat fees for SUBC’s Sydney based rowers and to make a small contribution to one of the SUBC members (James Medway) who was selected in the Australian team from the Harvard rowing program.

SUBC would like to offer special thanks to the Parent Committee led by Julie Playfair and Rebecca Wilson and ably supported by the Koster, Hargreaves,Purnell and Sacre families and by Jen Blair.

SUBC athletes assisted with food and bar service and raffle ticket sales. Big winners on day were Judy Playfair who won seven nights in a luxury condo at Big White Ski resort and Janet Rundle who won a new 139cm LG HD TV and Home Theatre package.

Our Senior A athletes Nick Purnell and Sasha Belonogoff are already overseas and finished fourth at the World Cup at Eton last weekend in the Men’s Quad. U23 Quad Four members Hamish Playfair and Peter Koster along with SUBC Director of Rowing leave for Europe next Saturday 6th July and will compete at the 3rd World Cup in Lucerne before the U23 Worlds later in July in Linz, Austria.

SUBC members of the Australian U23 eight, ( Tom Sacre, Nick Wheatley, Jack Hargreaves and Kit Cunningham-Reid will leave for Europe on 9th July and Alex Purnell (Junior Quad) and SUBC coach of the Junior Quad will leave for Lithuania on 23rd July. Ed de Carvalho in the Senior A Lightweight Quad will head to Korea in August for the Senior World Championships. James Medway of SUBC was selected in the U23 Coxless Fours and will head to Austria directly from with other US based team members around 9th July.