Youth Eight rowers selected at New Norfolk

THE River Derwent at New Norfolk was the site for the final rowing selection trials for the Tasmanian Youth Cup Eight on Sunday. Both male and female Under 20 crews were selected from a strong claimant group of 22 down to the required 16 and two coxswains.

Selector and co-coach of the female eight, Tasmanian Rowing’s state development officer and four-time Olympian Anthony Edwards said the New Norfolk Rowing Club’s access to such excellent water was ideal for the final selections, despite the hazard of having to contend with speed boats and jetskis apparently exceeding the water speed limit. On several occasions the crews were forced to stop their set rowing pieces to avoid being dumped by the huge wash generated by the offenders, Edwards said.

The crews will be competing in the national and interstate regattas being held over the March long weekend at Lake Barrington.

Male crew selected were Taylor Wisniewski (Mersey), George Foot (Tamar), Paul Barrett (St Pat’s), Tom Chapman (Hutchins), Edward Kay (Uni), George Ellis (Tamar) Lachlan Stewart (Friends), Sam Hall (Tamar) and cox Nick Edwards (Hutchins). Their co-coaches are Ken Davey and Paul Webberley.

Female crew selected were Annabelle Gibson (Grammar), Nadia Gerrike (Huon), Trudy Phibbs (Bucks), Gemma Parker (Lindis), Emma Davey (Scotch Oakburn), Ciona Wilson (Grammar), Rebecca Downie (Lindis), Renee Britton (Bucks) and cox Laura Eastermint (Bucks). Neil Stump is co-coach with Anthony Edwards.

New Norfolk Club rowers who will also be competing at Lake Barrington will be Oliver Wilson-Haffenden in the Under 23 lightweight single scull then paired with Sam Hall in the lightweight doubles and also in the open lightweight quad again with Sam Hall and Mark Rippon (Lindisfarne) and Will Rafferty (North Esk). Rebecca Nicholls will represent Friends in the Schools Eight and also the Under 19s eight.


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