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5 Minutes with Alex Hagan

Alex Hagan is a two time National Schoolgirl single sculling champion, an U23 World Champion and an Olympian. She has had some of her best results in Sykes boats. This is what she had to say: How many years have you been rowing?  I have been rowing for 13 years now, starting when I was in year 7. Where is home for you, and what club and state do you row for? Bunbury in Western Australia is home but when not based in the eastern states I am based in Perth and am a member of Swan River Rowing Club...

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5 Minutes With Bill Tait: Head Rowing Coach - VIS image

5 Minutes With Bill Tait: Head Rowing Coach - VIS

Bill Tait is an Olympic silver medal winning coach. Bill has been an integral part of Sykes testing and innovation, and has allowed us to access his elite athletes and his data over many years. See what he had to say: How many years have you been rowing? When I started rowing Dono had hair, the Saints still played at Moorabbin, and Gen Horton was not even thought of. How do you like your coffee? Often… If you weren't coaching, what would you be doing? Airforce pilot would be first choice. Fall back might be Antarctic scientist. Who is your...

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5 Minutes With Genevieve Horton

Gen Horton is one of Rowing Australia’s most promising prospects. She has represented Australia at Junior, U23 and Senior World Championships in the women’s pair. She was involved with testing of the first prototype of Sykes Mould 214 in 2015. See what she had to say: How many years have you been rowing? I started rowing at the end of 2009 whilst I was at school, and consequently I haven’t left the house for any non rowing occasion since. How do you like your coffee? Take away the actual coffee beans part of it and replace with strawberry sauce, then...

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5 Minutes With Scott Laidler

Scott Laidler has been a member of the Australian rowing team since 2008. He is a proud North Queensland Cowboys supporter who has represented Australia in sculling and sweep crews. This is what he had to say: How many years have you been rowing? I've been rowing for 12 years now. I was originally brought into the sport as a coxswain. Where are you from and what club and state do you row for? I'm originally from Longreach (the heart of Queensland). I row for Dutton Park Rowing Club and of course Queensland - the smart state! If you weren't...

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5 Minutes With David Watts

David Watts has been representing Australia since 2008, and remarkably he has only just turned 24 years old. He is part of the Australian men’s sculling squad who are aspiring for a strong performance at the Rio Olympics. This is what he had to say: How many years have you been rowing? I've been rowing since the end of 2005, so it would be coming up to 10 years. Where are you from and what club and state do you row for? I was born in England but have lived in Australia for most of my life. I row for...

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