Video Of The Week: 2012 Australian Rowing Championships, King's & Queen's Cups

As we draw ever closer to the 2013 Sydney International Rowing Regatta, we thought a look back at last year's Australian Rowing Championships might be a good fit for this week (thanks to Mike Nicholson). At last year's Aussie Open Rowing Championships and King's & Queen's Cup Interstate Regatta, the heat was on, both on water and on the temperature gauge at Australia's newest rowing venue out west—Armadale, near Perth. Not only is this video a good introduction to the regatta, it's also a great showcase of elite technical rowing, with the likes of 2012 Olympic medalists Drew Ginn, Will Lockwood, Josh Dunkley Smith, and Kim Crow in the mix (Crow in both the women's single and the 'victorious Victoria' women's eight).

There are already a number of international rowing federations on site in Oz in preparation for this year's event, which will include the first World Rowing Cup of the summer, and, from the look of it, the GB athletes are particularly enjoying the warm weather (great form, too!).

We'll be keeping tabs on the developments Down Under (stay tuned for more from Sydney), but this past weekend also marked the Women's Head of the River Race in London, which saw a very quick Imperial College Boat Club crew take first place overall despite having started in 57th position. The ICBC crew bested an Agecroft RC, Grange School (Hartford) RC, Hollingworth Lake RC, Northwich RC, Reading RC, and Tees RC composite entry by roughly 16 seconds to record the victory. Full results on the official website of the WEHoRR.

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