The Kings Cup lunch was held with great success at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday 13 February room full of world champions, Olympic medallists, rowers and enthusiastic advocates of rowing in NSW. The guests gathered to wish the recently announced King’s and Queen’s Cup squads the best of luck in the upcoming National championships in Tasmania. Photos can be found here
The members of the 2009 King’s and Queen’s Cup crews and coaching staff were also announced during the lunch (a full list of the 2009 NSW team is available by downloading the ‘NSW State Team’ link on our homepage)
The aim of the lunch was to raise funds for and to wish well the 2009 Interstate team in their efforts to defend the King’s Cup (Men’s Eight), President’s Cup (Men’s Single) and the Rowing Australia Cup (Overall Interstate Champions) at Lake Barrington, Tasmania on the 8th March. The luncheon also served as an opportunity to congratulate the NSW members of the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Team, in particular Matt Ryan and Francis Hegarty (Men’s Four Silver Medallists) and John Maclean and Kathryn Ross (Adaptive Double Silver Medallists).
NSW will be hoping to defend the title that they won last year in dramatic circumstances. In particular, our men’s eight will be hoping to defend the Kings Cup which they won in a thrilling finish last year.
Guests were guided though the afternoon’s schedule by 702ABC Radio Host and sports fanatic Adam Spencer. With wit and perception Spencer interviewed 3 outstanding NSW rowers: 2006 Women’s Double Scull World Champion and member of the Beijing Olympics Women’s Eight Liz Kell, 2007 and 2008 Women’s Lightweight Quad World Champion Bronwen Watson and Men’s Four Olympic silver medallist Francis Hegerty. The lunch was also the stage for the unfortunate announcement that Hegerty has had to withdraw from the King’s Cup crew due to an achilles injury.
The King’s Cup will be contested at the Australian Rowing Championships, held from 2-8 March at Lake Barrington, Tasmania. Live results will be available through the ROMS website
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