Royal victory for Australian rowers
9 July 2007
Australia’s women sculling squad have begun their international campaign with an impressive display at the Henley Royal Regatta in England.
Despite the squad being reduced to only four healthy athletes, the crew of Amber Halliday (SA), Kerry Hore (TAS), Amber Bradley (WA) and Marguerite Houston (SA) triumphed in the final against a Dutch crew to take out the Princess Grace Trophy.
The Henley Royal Regatta has been held annually since 1839 and provides crews with match racing down a windy 2112 metre course. Although the regatta varies to normal racing, the victory will provide a much needed boost for the Australian team ahead of the third and final Rowing World Cup in Lucern, 13 – 15 July.
Halliday and Houston will race in the Women’s Lightweight Double, with Hore part of the Heavyweight Double and Bradley the Heavyweight Quad at the World Cup.
Adrian David, coach of the Australian Women’s Scull squad says the annual event provided a good preparation for the more important races coming up.
“We came here with the expectation of doing well, despite having to mix up our crews”, David said. “It was pleasing to see the girl’s row better as the regatta progressed and their skill level in the final was excellent.”
The Men’s 8 was defeated in the final of the Grand Challenge Cup by Canada, but will take confidence from their performance and will be well assisted by the extra race practice.
The Men’s Sweep and Women’s Scull squads will now head to Lucern, Switzerland where they will be joined by the Men’s Lightweight squad to race in World Cup 3.