16 August 2013

RMIT’s elite athlete competes internationally with the Open women’s rowing team

Australia was represented in World Cup 2 for rowing in Eton Dorney, England last month by crew members RMIT student, Rebekah Hooper (VIC), Jessica Hall (QLD), Madeleine Edmunds (QLD) and Olympia Aldersey (SA).

The regatta helmed great success for the crew who came a close third in the heat, and progressed to the A final, where they received the Bronze medal. The crew were leading through to the first 1000m of the 2km race however the German women's quad who won a silver medal at the London Olympics, took the gold with Poland trekking closely behind. The regatta allowed the crew to know where they are on the international scale and how well their training was paying off.

After an intense but rewarding two week training experience at the European training center in Gavirate in Varese, Italy the team moved on to World Cup 3 via an inspiring drive through the Swiss Alps to Lucerne, Switzerland. Lucerne, is said to be the most beautiful rowing course in the world.

After winning World Cup 1 in Sydney in March and two third places at World Cup 2 and 3, this meant the third overall World Cup win for Australia at this regatta – and yet another first for Australia in this boat class.

Rebekah Hooper, is studying a bachelor degree of International Business at RMIT and commented “It’s very exciting to win the overall World Cup. It’s been really exciting for Australia today and a good lead up going into the World Championships in Korea. We are very excited and made some good gains over this regatta and over the last couple of world cups so we are very excited for what’s coming next.”

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