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Rowing to a harder degree

on Thu, 10/20/2016 - 02:48

While the main event is on the water, the study lamps have been switched on in the lead up to the 2016 Australian Boat Race.

Finding the twenty five plus hours per week to pass exams and complete coursework while also training requires extreme discipline - only those who have it can achieve in study and sport.

Australian Boat Race rules stipulate that each crew may have up to two graduates but the balance of the crew must be currently enrolled students.

The degrees of those student competitors cover a wide spectrum.

The Melbourne women’s eight seems to have a heavy emphasis on science, with Olympic cox Sarah Banting enrolled in Medicine, Jen Cleary (Olympic quad) and five crewmates enrolled in science courses, one in Bio Medicine and one in Urban Horticulture.

The Sydney women are a mix of arts, sports and science students with Captain Rebecca Humphris leading four who are enrolled in Arts, Economics, Commerce, one pharmacist, Laura Triggs, unusually two studying Food and Agribusiness and two in Exercise and Sports Science.

The Melbourne men are split between Science (three) Engineering (two) and Arts (two). The Sydney men are dominated by engineers, with four of the crew studying different strands of this discipline, two study Economics and the balance cover Arts, Sport Science and Teaching.

Many of the crew have represented Australia in national teams from Juniors, U21, U23 through to Senior.

When the flag falls for these athletes on Sunday their physical condition and preparation will be very important but at the same time the discipline and will power that has made many of them top in their sport in Australia will come into play as the fatigue sets in over the long 4.3 kms course.

Who will prevail – will the cold calculations of engineers best the passion of arts students? Will the pharmacist's precision win over the imprecision of the economists? Each crew will call on a unique blend of mental and physical talents as two of Australia’s leading academic institutions go head to head on Sydney Harbour.

Be at Cockle Bay on Sunday morning to watch all the action from Woolwich to Darling Harbour for FREE on the big screen. It’s uni v uni, city against city, state against state - maintaining an ancient rivalry in the sport of rowing.

More on Sunday’s race here