The Australian u23 Rowing Team competed at Henley Royal Regatta last weekend. Several SUBC members competed for the NRCE (National Rowing Centre of Excellence). They had only been in Europe for a few days, but despite the jetlag experienced some great results. The NRCE Men’s quad featuring SUBC’s own Ryan Edwards and Sasha Belogonoff won the Queen Mother Challenge Cup in a tremendous race, chasing down a strong first half race from Victoria City Rowing Club (Canada) to win by a half-length. Coached by SUBC’s Mark Prater the boys are now training in Lithuania ahead of the World Rowing u23 Championships. Will Raven also experienced some great racing from the coxswains seat in The Grand Challenge Cup (M8+). This crew combines the Aus u23 M4+ that Ravo will be coxing at world championships and the Aus u23 M4- , which has been selected from Australian athletes currently training in the American College system. They experienced some strong racing in a scratch combination but were knocked out in the semi-finals by a strong crew from Brown University (USA). The eventual winners of the event from California Rowing Club were America’s 2nd VIII, the men that just missed out on selection in the US Olympic eight. There was also some royal attention with the queen’s barge making an appearance, though unfortunately the Queen could not witness the exploits of our SUBC athletes!
You will be able to view race progress during the World Rowing u23 championships using the live race tracker at http://www.worldrowing.com from the 11th-15th of July.