Former Melbourne University Boat Club and Australian Boat Race coach Iain Wright has been announced as Rowing Australia’s new Men’s Head Coach. This follows the recent appointments Bernard Savage and Jaime Fernandez as Performance Director and Deputy Performance Director, respectively.
Wright will join Rowing Australia on 24th October 2016 and be based in Canberra, the location of the Men’s National Training Centre.
The 2016 Melbourne University Australian Boat Race uniforms feature the university’s crest and colours designed in a contemporary fashion.
The primary colour is blue with highlights of white and black/blue mini squares running down the side panels. The Boat Race logo is on the right breast and the Melbourne University Coat of Arms is on the left breast.
The crest features Nike, the Greek Goddess of Victory holding a laurel wreath over the stars of the Southern Cross. The University of Melbourne’s Latin motto – postera, crescam, laude – drawn from a poem by Hoarce written around 23 BCE and
The Australian Boat Race returns to Sydney Harbour on Sunday morning 23rd October as men’s and women’s rowing eights from Sydney and Melbourne Universities are pitted against each other in two 4.3 kilometre match races across the inner harbour from Woolwich to Cockle Bay.
Silver medallists from the Rio Olympics, Sasha Belonogoff and Cam Girdlestone have nominated for the Sydney men’s crew and Josh Booth for the Melbourne men’s eight.
RMS have granted an Aquatic Licence to enable these high speed rowing eights to compete in this area.
Olympic gold medallist Kim Brennan leads a group of Olympic stars named by Sydney and Melbourne Universities in their initial squads for the 2016 Australian Boat Race.
Coaches have also included 2016 Olympic silver medallists Sasha Belonogoff, Cam Girdlestone and Josh Booth in their squads of 60 athletes from which 36 will be then chosen for two men’s and two women’s eights to compete on 23rd October.
Brennan dominated the women’s single scull final at Rio and lifted Australian spirits with her winning performance.
Cameron Girdlestone and Sasha Belonogoff, as half of Australia’s men’s quadruple sculls, have won silver, being pipped by the smallest of margins, 1.15 seconds as the German crew prevailed over the two kilometre rowing course.
Capturing the first silver medals for our University of Sydney representatives in Rio, the Australian crew gave it their all as they valiantly tried to catch the German crew.
Girdlestone, Belonogoff, Karsten Forsterling and James McCrae in the Aussie boat were quiet favourites heading into the final, based on their stellar 2016 performances, however the German crew,
Melbourne University Boat Club’s captain of boats Hedda Cooper (Science alumna) has been selected in Australia’s women’s U23 Eight for the upcoming World Championships in Rotterdam. Cooper will be joined by MUBC’s Katherine Michelmore and Science student-athlete Olivia Sibillin in the Eight. MUBC’s Annabelle Eaton will coach the crew.
The women’s U23 Eight, the men’s U23 Four and the women’s Single Scull were added to the Australia’s entries for the World Championships after recent time trials in Penrith.
Reigning women’s Single Scull World Champion Kim Brennan (Nee Crow) finalised her Olympic preparation in style by winning gold in Poznan, Poland in the final major regatta before Rio. Fellow Melbourne University Boat Club member Karsten Fosterling also won gold with his crew-mates in the men’s Quadruple Scull.
Facing off against New Zealand’s 2014 World Champion Emma Trigg in the final, Brennan led from start to finish to claim the win and perhaps early favouritism for the gold in Rio.