As the U23 World Championships drew to an end over the weekend in Plovdiv, Australia can reflect on another all round strong performance.
With eight crews entered in the Championship, Australia took home one gold and two silver medals. Seven of the eight crews managed to unlock a place in their respective A-finals reflecting the depth and strength of these young crews.
The Men’s Four (Robert Black, Harley Moore, Liam Donald and Adam Bakker) were crowned World Champions after gaining clear water on not only a strong British crew but also the reining World Champions, Austria.
Reflecting on his second World Championship title Black said:
“We had a perfect race, it went completely to plan. We had rehearsed our plan throughout our campaign and I am proud of all the hard work.”
“Today (Saturday) was the reward for all that we have done, it wasn’t won today – it was won over the last three months.”
Meanwhile team debutants, Bronwyn Cox and Annabelle McIntyre took silver in the U23 Women’s Pair after the Chilean crew took off leaving the Australian and the USA pair battling for second place.
The third medal came from the U23 Women’s Quadruple Scull who picked up silver after an impressive sprint to the line leaving Germany to settle for Bronze.
Deputy Performance Director, Jaime Fernandez gave his review on the week’s performances:
“It is extremely pleasing to see Australia finish this World Rowing U23 Championships with a World Championship winning crew, two silver medallists and six out of the seven crews making A-Finals at the regatta.
Congratulations to all the team, including the coaches, support staff and all those associated with the respective athletes, all of whom worked so diligently with our crews not only during their international preparation but also throughout the season in preparation for this regatta.”
Congratulations to all athletes on strong all round performances from the 776BC team!