Australia’s U23 Men’s Coxed Four were crowned World Rowing U23 Championships 2019.
It is with great pleasure we announce patients of the Practice, Mitchell Hooper and pair partner Ben Canham became World Rowing Champions in Sarasota Florida.
According to Rowing Australia:
In calm conditions, the U23 Men’s Coxed Four of Ben Canham, Angus Dawson, Mitchell Hooper, Adam Bakker and Caitlin Hockings were crowned World Champions after leading their final from start to finish. The crew, coached by Nick Mitchell, won their heat earlier in the week and Hockings led her crew out firing in the final today in Florida.
The crew clocked a time of 6 minutes 10 seconds to claim victory, having to hold off a last minute sprint to the line from Great Britain, who took silver, and Italy who took bronze. There was only 0.09 of a second between the Australians and the British as the boats crossed the line, while the Italians were just 0.63 of a second behind the Australians.
Text Courtesy of Australian Rowing
The U23 Men’s Eight had a late change with Alexander Jeremijenko being replaced with team-mate Mitchell Hooper. Hooper, who is part of Australia’s U23 Men’s Coxed Four that won their heat yesterday (Wednesday) to progress straight to Saturday’s A-Final, will be doubling up and racing both the U23 Men’s Coxed Four and the U23 Men’s Eight.
“Straight off the start in Heat Two, Australia took the lead and them moved into a stroke rate of 39. The Australians maintain this going into the halfway. Great Britain, Germany and Ireland followed all tightly packed together. Then Ireland made a move going through the 1000m. They grabbed two seats on Germany.
Great Britain went with them and were now even with Ireland. Australia were still the fastest moving boat on the water, with the highest rate – 38. Then Germany must have wanted back in and made a move. They got their bow past Ireland and Great Britain and tried to close the gap that Australia had.”
The Under 23 Australian Rowing Team are set to race this week at the World Rowing U23 Championships. The regatta takes place at Sarasota-Bradenton in the United States of America from 24 to 28 July 2019.
The event will host nearly 700 athletes from 53 nations, with Australia entering 40 athletes in 13 crews. Patients of the Practice; Ben and Mitchell Hooper will be among the competitors.
Congratulations to Ben and Mitchell on Australian Team Selection
Patients of the Practice, Mitchell Hooper and pair partner Ben Canham have been selected to represent Australia at the 2019 World Rowing Championships, taking place in Florida this month.
After a highly successful season, representing Mercantile Rowing Club, Mitchell and Ben have been selected with Adam Bakker, Angus Dawson and Caitlyn Hockings to compete in the Mens Coxed Four division.
Mercantile has only ever won one event at Henley Royal Regatta, and that was back in 1988.
Unfortunately, today was not the day for Mercantile. Seemed a little flat off the start and then failed to capitalise or show the aggressive and slippery style of former races.
Full credit to Molesy who had some very experienced campaigners with multiple attempts at winning Henley.
Again, very kind words from the commentary team at 1.45 regarding the heritage of Mitchell Hoper, Mercantile and Australian Rowing.
Mercantile put in a very impressive performance racing against Thames ‘A’ in the semi finals of the Wyfold Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.
Proving very slippery at the start, Mercantile opened up a lead by the end of the Island and built from there.
According to the commentators the Mercantile crew was smooth, long, very classy performance. Right up until the small crisis at 3.30 with their steering.