A number of former competitors in the Boat Race have been selected in the 2016 Australian Olympic Team for Rio in August.
Stroke and seven from the Sydney crew that competed in the 2015 Australian Boat Race are respectively 3 and 3 in the Australian Men’s Quad. Cam Girdlestone and Sasha Belonogoff drove the Sydney men’s crew to a decisive victory on the Yarra in 2015 and last Sunday formed part of the Australian Men’s Quad that impressively won the World Cup II. Both Cam and Sasha have rowed a number of times in the Sydney crew and won the inaugural modern era match race for Sydney in 2010.
(Sydney Uni captain and Melbourne University's David Crawshay sharing some love after going head to head on the harbour)
Fergus Pragnell (Sydney University): (2014 bronze medallist at the World Championships)
“The conditions were challenging, more challenging certainly than when it was last held on Sydney Harbour a few years ago. We got away to a good start. “We won the coin toss and elected to start from the southern lane, knowing it would be a disadvantage early. But it was a risk worth take and it paid off.
Honours were shared on Sydney Harbour today with Melbourne University first out of the blocks to retain the Bella Guerin Trophy for women’s eight, while the Sydney University men’s crew reclaimed the Edmund Barton Trophy in the annual Australian Boat Race.
The Melbourne women’s crew, under the astute coaching of Mike Steele and captained by Jenifer Cleary in the six seat, dominated proceedings from the moment the flag dropped on the 4.4km run down the harbour from Woolwich to Cockle Bay at Darling Harbour to maintain their unbeaten record
In a result fitting their close rivalry, honours at the Australian Boat Race were split evenly between the University of Sydney and University of Melbourne with the women’s eight crew from Melbourne winning the Bella Guerin Trophy and the men’s eight crew from Sydney winning the Edmund Barton Trophy.
The Sydney men’s crew took the lead early and cox Will Raven successfully navigated the tough harbour conditions to beat the University of Melbourne titleholders by less than ten seconds.
For Rob Scott, the newly appointed chairman of Australian Rowing, the Australian Boat Race for men’s and women’s eights, brought back memories of his own exploits on the water both here and abroad.
Scott, a dual Olympian, who stroked the men’s eight at the Barcelona Olympics and stroked the coxless pair to a silver medal four years later in Atlanta, was just one of many who savoured the Australian Boat Race between the universities of Sydney and Melbourne.
“It was absolutely fantastic to see eights out competing in the Australian Boat Race,” Scott said, who followed both events in
“We are well aware of what is required to achieve. We’ve worked hard on crew cohesion. We will need to execute what we’ve been doing in training. The crew has worked hard for the last couple of months. We’ve got a real fire in our belly and have prepared well for a good race against Melbourne.”
Alexander Belonogoff (Sydney University)
“The home ground advantage is really apparent here.
Mark Prater remains upbeat about Sydney University’s men’s eight upstaging Melbourne University and regaining the Edmund Barton Trophy in the Australian Boat Race on Sunday.
“The loss of Josh Booth and 11th hour changes to the make up of the Melbourne crew at this late stage could just work in our favour,” Prater said at today’s official weigh-in and challenge stayed before Sydney University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence. Prater’s crew also weighed-in at a combined total of 732 kilos, some 32 more than the Melbourne University eight.
Stuart Alexander is under no illusion at what is at stake for him and the Melbourne University crew in their chase for back-to-back Edmund Barton Trophies against arch rivals Sydney University in the Australian Boat Race for men’s eight on Sydney Harbour on Sunday.
“This is match racing in all it’s purest form,” said Alexander, who was today named captain of the Melbourne eight crew following the loss of Josh Booth to injury less than 48 hours out from the event.
“It is a real honour to be named captain, given the fact a few of the other blokes in the boat have achieved an awful lot on
Debbie Fox, the coach of the University of Sydney’s women’s eight for the annual Australian Boat Race against Melbourne University, is hell bent on ending a four year losing streak on Sydney Harbour on Sunday.
Fox put her crew, to be captained by Rebecca Humphris, through another searching workout over the course from Woolwich to Cockle Bay before attending the official weigh-in and challenge presided over by the University of Sydney Vice Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence.
Her crew, with a combined weight of 598 kilos, came in six kilos lighter than the visitors from Melbourne and have
BREAKING NEWS: Key Melbourne University rower and men’s eight captain, Josh Booth, has been ruled out of the Australian Boat Race Challenge on Sydney Harbour this Sunday with a hand injury.
Tests revealed Booth, a member of the men’s eight at the London Olympics, suffered a soft tissue injury in training to the ring finger of his right hand. The loss of Booth means a major reshuffle to the Melbourne eight, with reserve Isaac Smith coming in, but won’t necessarily fill Booth’s number two seat.