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News Updates

SUBC/SUWRC Order New Fleet: Following a meeting with our insurers this week SUBC and SUWRC now have the go ahead to re-order boats destroyed in the Linley Point Fire on 29th March this year. SUBC had ordered replacement boats prior to the fire and these boats have been allocated production space by Sykes with the first ( our replacement Youth Eight) going into the mould this coming week.

This initial order of 1 Eight, 2 Pairs/Double Sculls, 1 Coxed Four and 4 Singles will be followed by the remaining fleet boats, oars and ancillary equipment. Confirmed delivery times will be posted on the SUBC website.

Marty Makes it Seven:

Sydney Uni Director of Rowing, Marty Rabjohns was last week selected as the Men’s Sen A Cox for the 2006 Australian Team. Marty joins Sydney Uni rowers Matt Ryan, Francis Hegerty, Dan Noonan, Tim O’Callaghan, Liz Kell and Brooke Pratley in the 2006 Senior National Team.

Trans Tasman Training Starting this week:

Without any boats SUBC athletes have started land training this week. SUBC and SUWRC are committed to providing crews for the Trans Tasman competition against New Zealand on 4-7th July. Alan Bennet has the women’s squad underway while the men have arranged to hire a boat from St Andrew’s for their preparation with the squad aiming to get back on the water on 28th May. Coaching for this squad will be announced this week.

Syd Uni Coach takes National U23 Women’s Eight:

Sydney Uni Coach, Phil Bourguignon has been given the job of preparing the U23 Women’s Eight for the World U23 Championships to be held in Belgium in late July. The crew assembled from WA, SA, Vic, Tasmania and NSW rowers is training daily from the Newington boatshed and the NSWIS gym at Homebush and using equipment lent by NSWIS and Queenwood school. Sydney Uni’s Renee Kirby is seated in the bow of this crew although seating positions may change prior to the World Championships.

The U23 Women’s Eight is a new event added to the U23 World this year. The crew will also compete as a four, and double and single scull.

Thanks must go to Newington College Coach Simon Pennington, Headmaster David Scott and Business Manager Peter Yates for allowing use of their shed and to Queeenwood and NSWIS for providing other facilities for this crew.

AB and TOH Prepare crews for World Uni Rowing:

Three athletes from SUWRC have been selected to represent Australia at the World Uni Rowing Championships in 2006. Alan Bennett and Terry “Hanlon are coaching a four including Yasmin L’estrange and Laura Polin (with Kate Beasley from Qld and Karolina Hayes from WA) and a Double Scull with Elsa O’Hanlon who will team with Libby Alderman from WA. The World Uni Rowing Championships have reached a very high standard in the last ten years and both crews will need to be at their absolute best to be in medal contention. The event will be held in Trakai, Lithuania from 11-13th August.

WIll Townsend and Ed Alexander relocate to Brisbane for World Uni Training:

SUBC Lightweights, Will Townsend and Ed Alexander will relocate to Brisbane on 3rd June to begin training in the Australian Uni Men’s Lightweight Four for the World Uni Rowing Championships. Will and Ed will be training with Tom Crowe and Timothy Gunthorpe from Toowong and will be coached Rob McNeil

SUBC Coxen’s Toby Lister Appeal Denied:

Paul Guest , sitting as Chairman of the Appeals Tribunal heard Toby Lister’s appeal against his non-selection as U23 Men’s Cox last Sunday 14th May and announced he was dismissing the Appeal. At this stage a week later no reasons for the rejection of the Appeal have been received by Toby or Sydney Uni Rowing.

SUBC is not in a position to comment of the matter in detail until reason have been received but the Club believes failure to give reasons within a reasonable period is unacceptable. Toby was advised that a written judgement would be forthcoming in five days. The Club will have further detailed comment on it’s website about selection processes for coxens in U23 teams after we receive the appeal reasons but the Club is dissatisfied with the selection process and in particular with the selector’s response which contain arguments and statements that the Club feels were gratuitous, and shoddily researched.



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