Sydney University Boat Club’s Under 23 men’s eight, who are on tour in Canada, had a great win in the final event of the 2014 Canadian Henley Regatta yesterday.
Rowing into a strong headwind, the Sydney University crew started slowly, falling behind over the first 500m to be a few seconds off the leaders.
They pushed hard from 700m mark, chasing the field and coming within striking distance of the leaders at the 1000m. By the 1500m mark, Sydney University had gained the upper hand and went on to win by almost three seconds from Mendota Rowing (Wisconsin), London (Ontario), a Canada National Training Centre crew, New York Athletic, Mendota 2, the University of British Columbia and Durham University.
It was a gritty row by the youngest team in the race.
The crew of Nik Belonogoff, Tom Whitehead, Dan Whitehead, James Davies, Jake Bicknell, Campbell Watts, Jack Cook, Alex Purnell and cox Franc Gourlas and reserve Ed de Carvalho are being prepared by SUBC head coach Rick van Hooydonk and assistant coach for this campaign, Tom Sacre.