Rowing Australia today (21 August) confirmed the crews set to compete at the 2019 World Rowing Championships to be held in Ottensheim, Austria, from 25 August – 1 September.

Australia have entries in two of the four Paralympic boat classes, with crews not only looking to make podium finishes at the pinnacle rowing event of the year, but also ensure they finish in a required qualifying spot to secure Australia a boat berth at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The Paralympic boat classes will be the men’s single scull PR1 and the mixed coxed four PR3, while Australia will also compete in two non-Paralympic boat classes – the women’s single scull PR2 and men’s pair PR3.

Performance Director Bernard Savage said: “We’ve a big team set to compete at this year’s World Rowing Championships. We are confident that as a team we can build on our recent successes at the FISA [World Rowing Federation] International Para-rowing Regatta and the World Rowing Cups.

“While this year’s World Rowing Championships has an added significance to it due to the Olympic and Paralympic qualification opportunities, we’re in Austria to perform on the world stage and deliver podium finishes for Australia.”

Australia’s Para-rowing team will see Erik Horrie return in a bid to claim his sixth consecutive World Rowing Championships title, while Jed Altschwager returns in the men’s pair PR3 that he won silver in in 2018, this time with debutant Will Smith.

In the women’s single scull PR2, Kathryn Ross returns to the team after a three-year hiatus, while the mixed coxed four PR3 sees debutant Alexandra Viney join Ben Gibson, James Talbot, Alex Vuillermin and Renae Domaschenz.

Required placing at the 2019 World Rowing Championships to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
Class Required placing
Men’s single scull PR1 Top seven
Women’s single scull PR1 Top seven
Mixed double scull PR2 Top eight
Mixed coxed four PR3 Top eight

By Rowing Australia
Posted: 21/08/2019
Photo with thanks to Rowing Australia