The Australian U23 Quad rowed from behind in the final of the Queen Mother Challenge Cup. Trailing the Canadian Senior Quad at the Barrier and at Fawley the Australian quad hit the lead with a sustained push only 50 metres from the line and went on to win by half a length, The crew of Ryan Edwards, Sasha Belonogoff (Sydney University) with Ben Morley (Grammarians) and Jay Ditmarsch (Mosman) were having their first and final lead up regatta for the World U23 Championships to be held later this month in Trakai, Lithuania.
Sydney Uni’s Director of Coaching, Mark Prater was full of praise for his crew saying they showed real character to come from a length down with 700 meters to go to take out the win. Our photos show the team at the prize giving ceremony and celebrating after.
In a great day for the Australian U23 Team the Women’s U23 Quad of Rebekah Hooper, Maddie Edmunds, Jessica Hall and Olympia Aldersey easily accounted for the Dutch Olympic Quad in the Princess Grace Challenge Cup while rowing from what was considered the less favoured lane. In the Stewards Challenge Cup the Men’s U23 Four beat the New Zealand crew by two thirds of a length.