In one month’s time the Samsung World Rowing Cup I will be underway in Penrith.
Double Olympic medal winner from the London Olympic Games, Kim Crow, has been confirmed to race in the women's single sculls on her home waters at the Regatta Centre.
Crow will be racing in the women’s single sculls.
Crow was one of the first London Olympians from Australia to commit to continuing on in rowing at the elite level and so has been back in training since about one month after the Olympics. Also continuing on from London are five members of the Australian women’s eight including coxswain Lizzy Partick. They will form the base of the World Cup eight which has already shown promising speed during time trials.
The US is sending a team of 22 athletes.
Over half of these were members of the London Olympic team and six of them raced in the gold medal women’s eight including Susan Francia, Caroline Lind, Esther Lofgren, Meghan Musnicki and Taylor Ritzel.
A large team is predicted to be coming from Australia’s neighbours, New Zealand.
New Zealand rowers are currently competing in their national rowing championships and thus the team announcement is yet to be made.
Sydney World Cup organisers are anticipating that about 20 nations will participate including athletes from Great Britain, Germany, France, Estonia, China and Portugal.
Leading up to the Samsung World Rowing Cup is a week-long rowing festival. This includes the Australian Open Rowing Championships, the Australian Open Schools Championships and the King’s and Queen’s Cup interstate regatta.
Over the space of the festival there will be about 2,000 competitors and more than 600 races making it the biggest rowing event in the Asia Pacific region in recent years.