Sydney University has announced their captains for Australian Boat Race crews to race Melbourne University on the Yarra River on Sunday week 22nd October.
19-year-old Bachelor of Medical Science student Dyone Bettega will captain the women's eight and says the race is a classic example of putting one’s pride on the line in exchange for the honour of claiming the title for another year.
“The event fosters friendship, teamwork and sportsmanship within each crew but more importantly, among competitors,” Bettega said.
“I look forward to being a part of the tradition for another year and I wish the crews all the best on race day.”
The University of Sydney men’s team, hoping for their fourth consecutive win, will be captained and coxed by economics student William Raven, who also serves as the Vice-President of the Sydney University Boat Club. For Raven, who will be competing in his seventh Australian Boat Race, the event is unique not just for its longer and more winding river course, but for the competition that plays out on the water.
“The race has many undertones, with a massive rivalry not only between the universities but also between the boat clubs and the state rowing teams, with NSW and Victoria usually fighting it out for the top spot at the interstate regatta.”
Dyone Bettega : Sydney University Captain for the 2017 Women's Boat Race Crew
Will Raven: Sydney University Captain for the 2017 Men's Boat Race Crew