In 2019 SUBC has numerous athletes set to represent Australia on the world stage. These athletes have been training hard for the last 12 months and have only a few more months to go before they are set to take the stage. On the 1st of June 2019, we will be hosting a fundraiser aiming to support our underage representatives.
SUBC has four athletes selected in the Australian Under 23 team traveling to Sarasota Florida to the Under 23 World Championships. One athlete traveling to Tokyo for the Junior World Championships and one athlete traveling to New Zealand for the Under 21 Trans-Tasman regatta.
Dyone Bettega and Tara Rigney will be racing in the Women's U/23 Heavyweight Pair. Dyone and Tara first started rowing the pair together in January of 2019 and are coached by SUBC's great Alfie Young. Although only rowing together for a short time Dyone and Tara charged into the scene and became Under 23 National Champions in the pair. Now focusing on the world championships they are finding great form and rhythm and are looking faster than ever.
Marcus Britt and Will O'Shannesssy are in the U/23 Heavyweight Men's Coxless Four alongside the Lavery brothers Nick and Rohan. Marcus and Will have had an outstanding season together under the watchful eye of SUBC's head coach Don McLachlan and are currently undefeated in the U/23 Men's Pair event in Australia. The four athletes have moved to Melbourne and are being coached by SUBC alumnus Matt Ryan, now the head coach of Melbourne University Boat Club.
Talia Barnett is set to represent Australia in the U/21 Trans-Tasman regatta against New Zealand in competition for the Rusty Robertson trophy. At the 2019 Sydney International Rowing Regatta Talia coxed a number of winning crews including the Open Women's Eight, the under 21 Women's coxed four, and the NSW Queens Cup crew. This was the first time NSW has one the Queen's cup since 2004, and the first time a crew has beaten Victoria over their 14 year dominance. It was a spectacular race and victory Talia played an important role in.
Sophie Houston has been selected to go to Tokyo to race the Under 19 Women's Double Scull. Sophie Joined the club in 2018 and has been coached by Alfie Young. At the 2019 National Championships Sophie triumphed bringing home gold medals in the U/19 Women's Double, U/19 Women's Eight and the Club Women's Four, and silver in the U/19 Women's Pair narrowly missing out on a clean sweep. Sophie is certainly one of SUBC's up and coming rowers and someone we expect to see more of in the future.
We hope that you can help support these athletes in their bid for their respective world titles, all of these athletes have been training their hearts out for their upcoming regattas. Our athletes face thousands of dollars each in costs for seat fees to go overseas and ask you the SUBC family to help them get there. You can purchase tickets to the fundraiser via the link below.