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2023 World Championships - Belgrade, Serbia

The Senior Championships once again became the primary qualification regatta for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. 

As usual, the initial Australian selection process took place in March at the Sydney International Regatta Centre and a squad named to compete at the World Cup regattas. As with most pre Olympic years, the squad was large to provide the best opportunities to qualify boats for the Games.

The tour for this year includes a long stay in Europe for the men rather than returning for a training block in Canberra before going to the World Championships. The women returned to the more temperate Penrith winter.

The Australian team results were less than expected but still produced a gold in the PR3 mixed double, silver in the women's pair, and bronze medals in the two eights. 

Thank you to World Rowing for use of their images.

Nikki Ayres and Jed Altschwager celebrate their gold medal win in the PR3Mix2x

Daily Results Summaries

Sunday 3rd September 2023

Monday 4th September 2023

Tuesday 5th September 2023

Wednesday 6th September 2023

Thursday 7th September 2023

Friday 8th September 2023

Saturday 9th September 2023

Sunday 10th September 2023

Results—Men & Mixed

Men's Scull

Men's Double Scull

Men's Quad Scull

Men's Pair

Men's Four

Men's Eight

Men's Lightweight Scull

Men's Lightweight Double Scull

Men's Lightweight Quad Scull

Men's Lightweight Pair

Men's PR1 Scull

Men's PR2 Scull

Men's PR3 Pair

Mixed PR2 Double Scull

Mixed PR3 Double Scull

Mixed PR3 Coxed Four


Women's Scull

Women's Double Scull

Women's Quad Scull

Women's Pair

Women's Four

Women's Eight

Women's Lightweight Scull

Women's Lightweight Double Scull

Women's Lightweight Pair

Women's PR1 Scull

Women's PR2 Scull

Photos courtesy of World Rowing

Australian Team

Women's Scull - Bronze

Tara Rigney (NSW)
Coach: Ellen Randell (NTC)

Women's Double Scull - Eighth

Bow: Amanda Bateman (VIC)
Str: Laura Gourley (NSW)
Coach: Hally Chapman (NSW)

Women's Quad Scull - Fifth

2: Caitlin Cronin (QLD)
3: Harriet Hudson (NSW)
Bow: Rowena Meredith (NSW)
Str: Kathryn Rowan (QLD)
Coach: Tom Westgarth (NTC)

Women's Pair - Silver

Bow: Jessica Morrison OAM (VIC)
Str: Annabelle McIntyre OAM (WA)
Coach: John Keogh (NTC)

Women's Four - Fifth

Bow: Giorgia Patten (WA)
2: Katrina Werry (VIC)
3: Sarah Hawe (VIC)
Str: Lucy Stephan OAM (VIC)
Coach: Tom Westgarth (NTC)

Women's Eight - Bronze

Bow: Paige Barr (VIC)
2: Georgie Gleeson (VIC)
3:Olympia Aldersey (SA)
4: Lily Alton Triggs (QLD)
5: Georgina Rowe (NSW)
6: Jacqueline Swick (WA)
7: Molly Goodman (SA)
Str: Bronwyn Cox (WA)
Cox: Hayley Verbunt (VIC)
Coach: John Keogh (NTC)

Women's Lightweight Double Scull - Thirteenth

Bow: Anneka Reardon (ACT)
Str: Lucy Coleman (NSW)
Coach: Ellen Randell (NTC)

Men's Scull - Fifteenth

Alexander Rossi (NSW)
Coach: Don McLachlan

Men's Double Scull - Twenty First

Bow: Harley Moore (QLD)
Str: Corma Kennedy-Leverett (ACT)
Coach: Rhett Ayliffe (NTC)

Men's Quad Scull - Eleventh

Bow: Henry Youl (TAS)
2: David Batholot (NSW)
3: Jack Cleary (NSW)
Str: Caleb Antill (ACT)
Coach: Don McLachlan (NSW)

Men's Pair - Eighth

Bow: Simon Keenan (VIC)
Str: Fergus Hamilton (VIC)
Coach: Laryssa Biesenthal (NSW)

Men's Four - Fifth

Bow: Alexander Purnell OAM (NSW)
2: Spencer Turrin OAM (NSW)
3: Jack Hargreaves OAM (NSW)
Str: Alexander Hill OAM (SA)
Coach: Rhett Ayliffe (NTC)
(NB: This is the seating for the final. Stroke seat and bow seat swapped after semi-final.)

Men's Eight - Bronze

Bow: Patrick Holt (NSW)
2: Joshua Hicks (NSW)
3: Ben Canham (VIC)
4: Tim Masters (VIC)
5: Jack Robertson (VIC)
6: Joseph (Jack) O'Brien (NSW)
7: Angus Dawson (SA)
Str: Angus Widdicombe (VIC)
Cox: Kendall Brodie (NSW)
Coach: Mark Prater (NTC)

Men's Lightweight Double Scull - Sixteenth

Bow: Sean Murphy (NSW) 
Str: Oscar McGuinness (SA)
Coach: Laryssa Biesenthal (NSW)
Non travelling reserve: Blaine Heseltine (QLD)

Men's PR1 Scull - Sixth

Erik Horrie OAM (QLD)
Coach: Chad King (QLD)
(NB: Erik did not start in the final due to medical reasons)

Mixed PR3 Double Scull - Gold

Jed Altschwager (SA)
Nikki Ayers (ACT)

Mixed PR3 Coxed Four- Fourth

Bow: Susannah Lutze (VIC)
2: Jessica Gallagher (VIC)
3: Harrison Nichols (NSW)
Str: Thomas Birtwhistle (NSW)
Cox: Teesaan Koo (VIC)
Coach: James Loveday


Will O'Shannessy (NSW)
Jackson Kench (NSW)
Lisa Greissl (NSW)
Jamie Ford
Eleanor Price

Team Support

Wayne Diplock - Team Manager
Paul Thompson MBE - High Performance Director
John Keogh - Head Women’s Coach
Rhett Ayliffe - Head Men’s Coach

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