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5 Minutes with Campbell Watts

Campbell Watts is a new member of the Australian Rowing Team and was selected to represent Australia in the Men's Eight at the 2017 World Rowing Cups 2 and 3. See what he had to say: When did you first pick up an oar and what club and state do you row for? First row was in 2008 under the watchful eye of Kim Rudder in the Mighty 5ths for a while. Who is your role model and why? Two role models first and foremost is Arnold Schwarzenegger, apart from winning Mr Olympia 7x, he still managed to govern California and...

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5 Minutes with Rowena Meredith

Rowena Meredith has represented Australia at the U23 World Rowing Championships and in 2017, was named in the Women's Quadruple Scull for World Rowing Cups 2 and 3. This is what she had to say: When did you first pick up an oar and what club and state do you row for? I think the real question here is “Have I ever put an oar down?” I first rowed in 2008. Proud rower of the home of rowing: Sydney University Boat Club and a Welshwoman through and through. Who is your role model and why? Rodger Federer. 1. You can’t deny...

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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

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 is an Olympian and has also 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...

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