Sydney University Boat Club (SUBC) has 15 rowers in the 2021 Australian rowing team squads after last weekend’s trials.
The Australian women’s squads include SUBC’s Amanda Bateman and Tara Rigney in the double scull; Rowena Meredith in the quad scull; Kathryn Rowan in the quad scull squad; Genevieve Horton in the sweep squad, and Lucy Coleman a reserve in the lightweight double scull to contest the final Olympic Qualification Regatta.
The men’s squads include SUBC’s Cameron Girdlestone in the quadruple scull; David Bartholot and Campbell Watts in the sculling squad to support the quadruple scull and double scull crews; Jack Hargreaves and Alexander Purnell in the coxless four; Nicholas Purnell and Jack O’Brien in the coxed eight; William O’Shannessy as a coxed eight reserve; and James Talbot in the Para PR3 mixed cox four.
Tara, Lucy and David are members of Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness’ (SUSF) Elite Athlete Program (EAP), while Rowena, Cam and Campbell are EAP alumni.
SUBC’s Don McLachlan and Alfie Young have also been named in the squad of coaches.
Rowing Australia announced the squads and crews for the 2021 Australian Rowing Team, along with the crews that will contest the Final Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regattas later this year.
Rowing Australia Performance Director, Bernard Savage, said the selection of the national team was a positive step for the athletes and crews on the road towards the Tokyo Olympic Games. “Over the coming months we will work to refine our strategy and thinking in the lead up to the Games before nominating our crews to the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and Paralympics Australia (PA),” Mr Savage said.
Rowing Australia will not be sending athletes to compete at the 2021 World Rowing Cups, however the organisation is looking to send four crews to the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta scheduled for 15-17 May in Lucerne, Switzerland, and one crew to the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta scheduled from 3-5 June in Gavirate, Italy.
“Getting to the Final Qualification Regattas will obviously present significant challenges,” Mr Savage said. “However, we are committed to doing all we can to provide these crews the opportunity to pursue their Olympic and Paralympic dreams. We continue to monitor the situation on the ground in Europe with the health and wellbeing of our athletes being our number one priority. We also have a number of processes to step through here in Australia before they are able to travel.”
Australia has already qualified eight boats for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and will now also look to qualify both the Lightweight Men’s and Women’s Double Sculls at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta to be held in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Rowing Australia will also select, from the male sculling group, a Men’s Double Scull, while Harriet Hudson, Ria Thompson, Rowena Meredith and Caitlin Cronin will combine in the Women’s Quadruple Scull for the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta.