Strokes of genius

27 July 2023

Congratulating our rowers chosen to compete on the world stage.

This article first appeared in the Mosman Daily on Thursday 27 July 2023.

Queenwood Rowing is experiencing its most successful year in its 31st year history with the selection of 5 individual Queenwood rowers who will compete together in the Junior Women’s Coxed Four at the U19 World Championships in Paris in August 2023. Queenwood will also be represented by two coaches, Ray Boyle and Ciaran Glynn who have been selected to coach this crew.

The U19 World Championship Rowing Regatta, held annually, represents the epitome of competitive rowing, and brings together the leading rowers from around the globe. By attending this championship, Queenwood rowers and coaches will be showcasing both their individual talent and the success of the Queenwood rowing program on an international platform and, demonstrating our commitment to fostering a culture of sportsmanship, perseverance, courage, and teamwork.

Racing at the World Championships holds unparalleled prestige, with athletes gaining recognition not just within the rowing community but across the sporting world. As such, our girls and our team participating in this event will gain a unique experience that may well propel them further in their athletic careers.
Our crew has been racing together this season and includes Year 12 students: Imogen Grey, Alexandra O’Brien, Charlotte Botha & Chloe Driver who are also currently completing their final year studies while training; and Chloe Jureta in Year 11. The team is under the leadership of Queenwood Head Coach, Alfie Young. The crew has demonstrated strength, courage, and commitment by racing at all regattas before being selected to represent Australia, which is the ultimate reward for their dedication and perseverance.

Preceding the selections for the World Championships, the crew won two gold medals in the Schoolgirl Coxed Quad (SG4x+) and Under 19 coxed 4 (U194x+) at the National Championships in Perth and at the State Championships earlier in 2023. The girls are also members of the Queenwood 1st 8+ that took home 2nd place at the School Girl Head of the River and at Independent Girls' Schools Association (IGSA) Sport Regatta.

Not only have these girls trained and competed as the best rowers in their class but they have continued to meet the demands of schoolwork and their broader school life. Their excellence has also been recognised by international universities. Throughout the season they have been consistently supported by the School, the Head of Rowing, Queenwood’s rowing coaches, the Queenwood rowing community, staff and of course their parents and their peers in the Senior School. To be selected to race at the World Championships is an extraordinary achievement for the girls, the rowing program, and the school. We look forward to watching the girls take to the water in Paris and wish them the very best.