These Championships combined quality racing, a quality course and quality organisation. The tail breeze added to the quality field to make sizzling times to compliment the event.
The point score for the most successful Member Association at the regatta was won by Victoria in the final race, the King's Cup. The Tasmanians finished a close second.
Organising Committee: Susan Stegman (Chairman), Paul Christensen (TRC President and Sponsorship), Jim Gibson (Finance), John Oakley & Mick Goodger (Regatta Control), Rod and Annette Dolbel (Secretary & Programming), Jack Ellings (RA Liason), Chris Grummitt & David Pitt (Timing), Greg Hall (Venue Manager), Ivan Dolbey (Catering), Peter Wade (Media), Helen Street (Protocol), Alan Kitto (Communications), David Pitt (IT), Peter Wade (Volunteer Management) and 120 volunteers.
Jury: Andrew Guerin (VIC - President of the Jury), Michael Banks (TAS), Ron Beattie (NSW), Michael Eastaughffe (SA), Rod Florence (VIC), Phil Fraser (TAS), Roy Hinchy (QLD), Peter Huggett (QLD), Nick Hunter (ACT), Craig James (WA), Rene Klupacs (VIC), Tony Levick (QLD), Paul Logan (SA), Reg McKay (VIC), Greg Melbourne (SA), Brian Nash (WA), Bob Pennington (SA), Norm Saunders (SA), Caroline Schomberg (QLD), Tim Wainman (NSW), Brett Woolfitt (WA).
1st Victoria - Bow: Nicholas Phelps, 2: Christian Ryan, 3: Jason Heard, 4: James Marburg,
5: Cameron McKenzie-McHarg, 6: Karsten Forsterling, 7: David Crawshay, Str: Drew Ginn, Cox: Marc Douez,
Cch: Chris O'Brien
2nd Western Australia - Bow: Peder Olsen, 2: Todd Skipworth, 3: David Kelly, 4: Ben Cureton, 5: Brenton Jenke, 6: James Gatti, 7: Steven Fletcher, Str: Stefan Szczurawski, Cox: Hugh Rawlinson, Cch: Antonio Maurogiovanni
3rd New South Wales - Bow: Daniel Noonan, 2: Nick Baxter, 3: Thomas Laurich, 4: James Chapman, 5: Fergus Pragnell, 6: David Mathews, 7: Francis Hegerty, Str: Matthew Ryan, Cox: Marty Rabjohns, Cch: Tim McLaren
4th Queensland - Bow: David Nelson, 2: Gareth Salkield, 3: Benedict Farrell, 4: Dan Ellice-Flint, 5: Duncan Free, 6: David Galley, 7: Hardy Cubasch, Str: Sam Conrad, Cox: Michael Toon, Cch: Timothy Conrad
5th South Australia - Bow: Alexander Silz, 2: Jarrad Schar, 3: Mitchell Oliver, 4: Nick Andrew, 5: Alister Walsh, 6: Alexander Worthington, 7: Trent Collins, Str: Tim Hennessy, Cox: Tom Game, Cch: John Bolt
6th Tasmania - Bow: Shaun Finlayson, 2: Samuel Beltz, 3: Dion Birtwistle; 4: Anthony Males, 5: Dmitri Colebatch, 6: Brendan Long, 7: Scott Brennan, Str: Tom Gibson, Cox: Scott Colvin, Cchs: Rhett Ayliffe & James Russell
WA led through the first 500 metres but Victoria took the lead in the second 500 metres and was never headed thereafter. Drew Ginn, stroke of the Victorian crew and dual Olympic Champion was quoted by Rowing Australia as follow: 'It's a big shadow that's been set by the state teams that have rowed in the last ten years and I think we were really intent on making the most of a really good opportunity. I think we've shown today that this new group can do anything so it's really exciting from that perspective. Western Australia jumped out on us a little bit and we were really mindful of not letting anyone get too far away ... and everyone was just really committed to rowing it all the way.'
1st Tasmania - Scott Brennan, Coach: Darren Balmforth
2nd New South Wales - Peter Hardcastle, Coach: Nicholas Garratt
3rd South Australia - Chris Morgan, Coach: Adrian David
4th Australian Capital Territory - Craig Jones, Cch: Brian Richardson
5th Queensland - Samuel Renton, Cch: Jose Rodrigues
6th Victoria - Joshua Nalder, Cch: Ian Wright
Scott Brennan made it two years in a row with a start to finish win. A strong third 500 metres held off Peter Hardcastle run. However Peter made Scott work hard in the last 500 metres with a strong finish.
1st Tasmania - Bow: Dion Birtwistle, 2: Tom Gibson, 3: Cameron Wurf, Str: Samuel Beltz,
Cchs: John Driessen & Rhett Ayliffe
2nd Western Australia - Bow: Perry Ward, 2: Ross Brown, 3: Todd Skipworth, Str: Ben Cureton, Cch: Jason Lane
3rd New South Wales - Bow: James Wilmott, 2: Matthew Rice, 3: Scott Coleman, Str: Tim O'Callaghan, Cch: Phillip Bourguignon
4th Victoria - Bow: Howard Sharp, 2: Eduardo Inostroza, 3: Tim Smith, Str: Josh Fahy, Cch: Ian Wright
5th Queensland - Bow: Matthew Bolster, 2: Thomas Croagh, 3: Oli Zuk, Str: Michael McBryde, Cchs: Robert McNeill & Andrew Service
6th Australian Capital Territory - Bow: Daniel Coombes, 2: Cameron O'Neill, 3: Chris Ritchie, Str: Mack Wilcox, Cch: Andrew MacKenzie
7th South Australia - Bow: James Martin, 2: Andrew Swift, 3: Adrian Oest, Str: Beau Gora, Cch: Phil Mangelsdorf
This was one of the great races of the day. Tasmania had a very strong last 1000 metres and took the lead from WA late in the race to win 0.58 seconds. The Rowing Australia website reported that the win, as stroke Tom Gibson said, was made all the more special after Tasmanian lightweight legend Simon Burgess handed out the gold medals. "I've rowed the last couple with Burgo: to do it for him as well as being at home in Tassie, and with him there and watching it, I'm really glad we could continue it after he's left," Gibson said.
1st New South Wales - Bow: Edward Alexander, 2: Thomas Ing, 3: Kieran Kobelke, 4: Mitchell
Estens, 5: Edward Boyce, 6: William Chambers, 7: Richard Allsop, Str: Andrew Heffer, Cox: Toby Lister,
Cchs: Marty Rabjohns & Andrew Randell
2nd South Australia - Bow: Tom Shelton, 2: Tom Hodkinson, 3: Ned Kinnear, 4: Michael Shannon, 5: Bryn Coudraye, 6: Will Jeffries, 7: Matthew Bolt, Str: James McRae, Cox: Nick Giulianetti, Cch: Zoltan Shepherd
3rd Victoria - Bow: Andrew Pascoe, 2: Angus Tyers, 3: Chip Delaney, 4: Simon Booth, 5: James Adams, 6: Tom Swann, 7: Tom Larkins, Str: Alexander Machin, Cox: Kate Fitzgerald, Coach: Simon Harrison & Tom Courtney
4th Queensland - Bow: Henry Byran, 2: Charles Ohtomo, 3: Michael Smith, 4: Steve Cook, 5: Graham Kolb, 6: Harrison Law, 7: Kevin Pattison, Str: Jared Bidwell, Cox: Jirik Haselgrove, Cchs: Jose Rodrigues & Greg Brown
5th Western Australia - Bow: Rhys Gelmi, 2: Chris Bond, 3: Peter Platell, 4: Alexander Sokolov, 5: Joshua Williams, 6: Jayden Edwards, 7: Robert Alderman, Str: Adam Seroka, Cox: Jackson Carroll, Cch: Jamie Jones
6th Tasmania - Bow: William Breier, 2: David Wright, 3: Byron Gehrich, 4: Jonothon Hookway, 5: Damien Godfrey, 6: Luke Van Tienan, 7: Adam Wertheimer, Str: Alexander Fowler, Cox: Jack Tronson, Cchs: Rhett Ayliffe & Jonothon Hookway
7th Australian Capital Territory - Bow: Matthew Brown, 2: Bradley Carron-Arthur, 3: Richard Greig, 4: Wayne Curtois, 5: Reece Graham, 6: Benjamin Wise, 7: Benjamin Cook, Str: Will Yorke, Cox: Robert Winkworth, Cch: Jaime Fernandez
New South Wales led all the way with a great first 500 metres. The margin gained in this first part of the race they maintained throughout the race. There was a good race between South Australia and Victoria in the first 1500 metres of the race with South Australia getting the best of Victoria in the thrid 500 metres and then going after New South Wales in the final stages of the race.
1st Victoria - Bow: Sassi McCarthy, 2: Lisa Szatsznajder, 3: Pauline Frasca, 4: Fleur
Chew, 5: Emily Martin, 6: Robyn Selby Smith, 7:Catriona Sens, Str: Sarah Heard, Cox: Lizzie Patrick, Cch:
2nd Western Australia - Bow: Jessica Huston, 2: Annika Naughton, 3: Danielle Jolly, 4: Joanna Lutz, 5: Natalie Bale, 6: Sarah Outhwaite, 7: Karolina Hayes, Str: Amber Bradley, Cox: Connor McCombe, Cch: Antonio Maurogiovanni
3rd Tasmania - Bow: Elanna Wade, 2: Kirsty Flemming, 3: Rebekah Tunevitsch, 4: Gemma Youl, 5: Dana Faletic, 6: Kerry Hore, 7: Claire Shield, Str: Kate Hornsey, Cox: Eliza McQuestin, Cchs: Darren Balmforth & Roger Drummond
4th New South Wales - Bow: Amy Ives, 2: Peta Estens, 3: Yasmin L'Estrange, 4: Georgia Koutts, 5: Debbie Stack, 6: Brooke Pratley, 7: Elizabeth Kell, Str: Katelyn Gray, Cox: Katie Foulkes, Cchs: Ellen Randell & Stani Slavova
5th Australian Capital Territory - Bow: Kate Duncan, 2: Taryn Langdon, 3: Kerry Knowler, 4: Kate Lord, 5: Sonia Mills, 6: Sarah Cook, 7: Tara Huntly, Str: Burraston Yasmin, Cox: Ali Long & Gordon Marcks
6th Queensland - Bow: Roxy Botha, 2: Tara Kelly, 3: Nicole Constable, 4: Kate Clarkson, 5: Suzanne Brown, 6: Pippa Savage, 7: Lauren Steinke, Str: Emma McCarthy, Cox: Jennifer Gilbert, Cchs: Richard Paterson & Jo Weaver
The Victorian Women's crew were the pre race favourites. The Rowing Australia report recorded Emily Martin
from the Victorian crew as follows:
'The other states decided to give us a bit of a scare early on but we had the big white V passion and a fired up little coxswain getting us down the track and we had a really good race. I think Victoria has the best team spirit of any state and we decided we wanted to be a champion crew today.'
1st Tasmania - Dana Faletic, Cch: Darren Balmforth
2nd Australian Capital Territory - Sonia Mills, Cch: Lyall McCarthy
3rd Western Australia - Amber Bradley, Cch: Antonio Maurogiovanni
4th Queensland - Sally Kehoe
5th New South Wales - Elizabeth Kell, Cch: Lyall McCarthy
6th Victoria - Robyn Selby Smith
7th South Australia - Rhiannon Hughes, Cch: Adrian David
The Tasmanians were confident that Dana would win and she did not disappoint them. Dana's start was spectacular and no one was able to catch her from that point. Last year's winner Sally Kehoe tried hard to keep with Dana Faletic maintaining second place through the first 1000 metres. Sonia Mills had a great finish coming from fouth place at 1500 metres to second place at the finish.
1st Victoria - Bow: Sarah-Jane Blunt, 2: Regina Kennedy, 3: Alison Withers, Str: Alice
McNamara, Cch: David Colvin
2nd South Australia - Bow: Maja Fiddler, 2: Jacqueline Bain, 3: Miranda Bennet, Str: Amber Halliday, Cch: Phil Blesing
3rd Tasmania - Bow: Kirsty Flemming, 2: Carly Cottam, 3: Ingrid Fenger, Str: Megan Hibbs, Cch: Vicky Spencer
4th New South Wales - Bow: Trista Vallentine, 2: Kylie Grant, 3: Robyn Johnstone, Str: Elsa O'Hanlon, Coach: Terry O'Hanlon
5th Queensland - Bow: Kylie-Ann Duff, 2: Lucinda James, 3: Megan Frost, Str: Marguerite Houston, Cchs: Cassandra Erbs & Lincoln Handley
6th Western Australia - Bow: Jessica Huston, 2: Libby Alderman, 3: Sian Flynn, Str: Victoria Robinson, Cch: Michael Quinn
Despite a strong third 500 metres by the South Australian crew, the Victorian crew prevailed throughout the whole race.
1st Victoria - Bow: Emily Rothfield, 2: Grace Hicks, 3: Sarah Hawe, 4: Sophie Crittenden,
5: Alison Crowe, 6: Jessie Smith, 7: Sophie Robson, Str: Georgina Harvey, Cox: Nicole Hirst, Cchs: James
Petering & Tim Dolphin
2nd South Australia - Bow: Terri Spiel, 2: Jessica McRae, 3: Emma Zwar, 4: Annelise Johnson, 5: Alana Monson, 6: Laura Osti, 7: Stephanie Monson, Str: Anna McRae, Cox: Lucy Hyde
3rd Western Australia - Bow: Alexandra Hayes, 2: Olivia Gardner, 3: Alexandra Hagan, 4: Hannah Jones, 5: Brittany Mann, 6: Georgia Baker, 7: Emily Rose, Str: Morag McCallum, Cox: Connor McCombe, Cch: Gonzalo Briones
4th New South Wales - Bow: Sarah Moxon, 2: Alexandra Handley, 3: Sarah Phillips, 4: Brynne Allen, 5: Tess Gerrand, 6: Laura Polin, 7: Renee Kirby, Str: Verena Stocker, Cox: Georgia McCaughan, Cch: Alan Bennett
5th Queensland - Bow: Sascha Lahey, 2: Hannah O'Loughlin, 3: Clare Gilbride, 4: Martina Smidt, 5: Erin Huttenmeister, 6: Kimberey Brown, 7: Kate Beasley, Str: Alison Scobbie, Cox: Sascha Rhodes, Cchs: Mitchell Roseland & Peter Howard
6th Tasmania - Bow: Nadia Gehrich, 2: Rebecca Trethewie, 3: Emma Wilson, 4: Jane Harding, 5: Elizabeth French, 6: Ailsa Tremayne, 7: Charlotte Walters, Str: Alison Muller, Cox: McAra Kirby-Fahey, Cchs: Darren Balmforth & Paul Newbon
7th Australian Capital Territory - Bow: Veronica Tamsitt, 2: Katrina Middleton, 3: Michaela Ledger, 4: Pippa Bradshaw, 5: Kate Bishell, 6: Christabelle Northam, 7: Emma Cook, Str: Brydie Foran, Cox: Ali Long, Cch: Dafydd Gwynn-Jones
The Victorians led throughout the race despite a strong race by the South Australians in the last 1000 metres.