Wednesday, March 13, 2013

All Eyes on Sydney: AYOF 2013 in Rearview, SIRR 2013 Fast Approaching



The eyes of the rowing world have been fixed on Sydney for some time now, with the recent Australian Youth Olympic Festival Rowing Regatta setting the stage for the 2013 Sydney International Rowing Regatta next week. Not long ago, we published a video detailing the GB squad's view of the AYOF 2013 experience, and now we've got a slightly different take—the above training and racing video gives us an inside look at the team from South Australia (remember: the Aussies competed as states at the AYOF regatta), with some fancy editing and a hard-hitting soundtrack that is sure to get you pumped up for the next round of international racing Down Under. The SA boys did quite well too, medaling in no less than four events, including golds in the eight and quad.

Penrith course (Photo: © Tom Dethlefs)
The athletes in the U.S. men's eight have arrived on the scene in Sydney, and are already tweeting up a storm—Mike Gennaro posted a nice shot of the plaque at the Penrith course commemorating the 2000 Olympic Regatta (some very familiar names on that list!), and Tom Dethlefs' panoramic view of the awards dock and finish tower (see above) makes it pretty clear that the weather is slightly better than that on the Eastern Seaboard at the moment (for rowing purposes, at least).

So far, the SIRR social media crew have done a nice job keeping everyone posted on the developments in Oz. You can follow @SIRR2013 on Twitter, and keep tabs on the hashtags—both #WRCSydney and #SIRR2013 will be in use next week.

Thanks very much to David for sending us the video! Here's to some great racing, and the beginning of a new quadrennium!

-RR

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