Rowing Australia today announced the Junior and Under 23 teams set to compete at their respective World Rowing Championships this year, as well as the Under 21 team set to race in the 2018 Trans-Tasman Regatta against New Zealand.
Australia will be represented by seven crews at the 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships set to be held from 8 to 12 August in Racice, Czech Republic. Seven crews will also be competing for Australia at the 2018 World Rowing Under 23 Championships due to be held in Poznan, Poland from 25 to 29 July.
The U21 Australian Rowing Team will compete in Sydney from 28 to 30 June and then again on Lake Karapiro in New Zealand, from 23 to 25 August. The team will be looking to retain the Rusty Robertson Trophy in the annual Trans-Tasman Regatta. The U21 series is a positive development opportunity for Australia’s Pathway athletes transitioning between the Junior (U19) and Under 23 categories.
Deputy Performance Director, Jaime Fernandez, said of the selection announcement today: “The standard and depth of the triallists and crews in 2018 is very pleasing. A number of the athletes/crews selected have been performing strongly throughout the season and we look forward to their continued improvement and positive performances, along with wishing them the best of success at their respective competitions.”
Near the top of the selection performances in the U23 category were The SUBC pair of Judge and O'Brien and the U23 Lightweight Double of SUBC's Leon Chambers and UTS's Matt Curtin.
Athletes selected from Sydney University were:
Andrew Judge, Jack O'Brien U23 Pair
Leon Chambers U23 Lightweight Double Scull
Wallis Russell U23 Women's Lightweight Scull
Matt Murray and Michael Franz U21 National Team
Rachel Balcomb and Ella Mentzines Junior Women's Coxed Four