Henley Royal Regatta 2018 – Grand Challenge Cup

The Australian Eight produces a new record at Henley.

NTC Grand Challenge CupEven if you are just moderately interested in rowing – both these races are superb.

The National Training Centre is THE elite centre for mens Rowing in Australia. When Dr. Hooper rowed for Australia in the 90’s, they were based at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

Under direction of Australian Rowing a new centre has been established on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.

The men from the National Training Centre (NTC) Australia made it into the final by beating the British VIII. Which in itself is an outstanding effort (see the link below).

Remember that Britain had won multiple gold medals in the Rio Olympics in the pair, four and eight. The British are no doubt at the top of their game and dominant in world rowing.

For the final of The Grand Challenge Cup at Henley, the Australian team race the Romanian VIII. The Romanians are a relatively young – but huge – crew that quite simply put everything on the line for the entire race.

Rating 46 to 50 strokes per minute is extraordinary for such massive men. Think somewhere between 6’4” to 6’8” clocking in around 95 to 115 kilograms. This is truly elite stuff.

Well done to the athletes from the National Training Centre (NTC) in Canberra for their fantastic tenacity and skill. To put it in perspective, Australia has only won the event 4 times in the 134 year history of Henley .

One of the best races we have seen in Australian Rowing.



Australia versus British Mens VIII Semi Finals

Georgina Hope Rinehart National Training Centre v Leander Club and Molesey Boat Club in the Grand Challenge Cup Semi Finals.

Dominant performance from the athletes of the NTC Australia. In itself this race was quite a ‘boil over’ and appears to be a changing of the guard from Britain’s dominance in world rowing.


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