SUBC lead Australia’s best at Sydney International Rowing Regatta

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Sydney Uni Boat Club (SUBC) took top honours at the 2016 Sydney International Rowing Regatta (SIRR), in Western Sydney, 14-20 March. 

From the first of the finals SUBC swept up medals a plenty, with Cameron Girdlestone and Sally Kehoe crowned Male and Female Single Scull Champions of Australia respectively.

Recently named in Australia’s Men’s Quadruple Scull, Girdlestone crossed the line in a time of 6.52.02, beating some of the nation’s top male competitors by a boat length. Sydney Rowing Club’s Chris Morgan came in second, while SUBC team-mate Nicholas Purnell took third.

“You could have thrown a blanket over the field at the 500 and the 1000. For me, I just had to stay cool, calm, and collected, and do the damage in the second half,” said Girdlestone.

In the female equivalent event, two-time Olympian Sally Kehoe surged ahead of the quality field to win the Open Women’s Single Scull in a time of 7:32:54, ahead of fellow Australian team-mate Madeleine Edmunds and Tasmanian Kerry Hore.

“I really feel that I’m rowing the single the way I’d like the double to start progressing as well. This will be my last year at Nationals, so it is good to see young girls like Maddie giving Kez [Kerry Hore] and I a bit of grief,” said Kehoe post-race who is now focused on her row to Rio campaign with SUBC Double Scull partner Liz Kell.

The winning momentum did carry forward for Kehoe, resulting in a sculling trifecta thanks to her first-class Open Women’s Double Scull and Women’s Quad Scull victories. 

Another highlight of the meet came from SUBC’s Fiona Ewing as she claimed gold in the U23 Women’s Double Scull A-Final, finding good rhythm in the middle kilometre. She also took the Championship title in the quad. 

As for the up and coming crews coached by Sarah Cook, Marcus Britt and Ollie Schwartz became gold medalists in the U19 pairs, while Jack O’Brien and Lachie Miles took bronze. The combined force of the U19 Coxless Four Marcus Britt, Ollie Schwartz, Jack O’Brien, Lachie Miles was enough to bring SUBC another gold.

Also in the Men’s, Jack Hanley finished third in the Open Men’s Lightweight Scull, while Alex Purnell and Rob Black took silver in the U23 doub;e scull.

Competition was certainly at an all-time high in this Olympic year and SUBC once again showed their strength on the podium. 



OW1x  Sally Kehoe

OW2x  Sally Kehoe

OW4x  Sally Kehoe

OM1x Cameron Girdlestone

U23W2x  Fiona Ewing

U23W4x Fiona Ewing

U19M2- Oliver Schwartz/Marcus Britt

U19M4-  Oliver Schwartz/Marcus Britt/ Jack O’Brien/Lachlan Miles

Interstate Men’s Youth 8+  Claudia Lowe –cox, Will Raven – coach



OM4x Cameron Girdlestone/Nick Purnell

U23M2x  Alex Purnell

Interstate W1x   Sally Kehoe

Interstate M8+   Nick Purnell/Kit Cunningham-Reid/Cameron Girdlestone, Will Raven – cox, Mark Prater – coach



OM1x  Nick Purnell

OLM1x  Jack Hanley

OM4-  Fergus Pragnell

U23M4-  Angus Robinson/Zac Whitehead

U23M8+  Angus Robinson/Campbell Watts/Alex Purnell/Andrew Judge/David Bartholot/Zac Whitehead/Jacob Bicknell/Marcus Britt, Will Raven – cox

U19M2-  Jack O’Brien/Lachlan Miles

U19M4x  Matt Murray/Jack Rath/Will O’Shannessy/Devlin Walsh

Interstate W8+  Fiona Ewing, Olivia Ashby – reserve

Interstate LM4-  Jack Hanley