Oar-some result for Navy rowers

This article has photo gallery Published on Department of Defence (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): Penrith, New South Wales

Members of the Australian Defence Rowing Association practice at the Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith in preparation for racing on the weekend. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
Members of the Australian Defence Rowing Association practice at the Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith in preparation for racing on the weekend.

Navy rowers helped the Australian Defence Rowing Association achieve its best result at a national event at the 2015 Australian Masters Rowing Championships held in Sydney from May 28-31.

Australian Defence Rowing Association  President Captain Charles Huxtable, who won gold in the mixed eight competition, said apart from being the most successful event for the association, it was also the largest team sent to a national competition.

“Overall we won 18 medals – two gold, five silver, and 11 bronze,” Captain Huxtable said.

“It was a challenging event with a broad range of experienced competitors, including Australia’s best rowing clubs represented in the biggest ever national masters rowing event.

“With Australian Defence Rowing Association being a Defence-wide association, it had limited opportunity for crews to train together before the competition, as opposed to the training completed by other participating rowing clubs.”

Chief Petty Officer Andrew Horsburgh finished the championships with three medals.

“I competed in nine events and this was the fourth time I’ve rowed in the master’s championship,” Chief Petty Officer Horsburgh said.

“I had only won two medals in previous years and adding another three made me happy with my overall performance.

“Rowing is a technical sport and it takes a lot of time on the water for a crew to gel and row well.

“During the competition I also rowed in a couple of crews with inexperienced rowers and was able to help them.”

His favourite race and result was his silver medal in the mixed D double scull.

“I’d only trained for this event once before,” Chief Petty Officer Horsburgh said.

“During the race we were second most of the way and I thought we had the third-placed team under control.

“As we neared the end of the race they passed us.

“But we put in an effort and took second on the line.

“It was my crew mate’s first championship medal and the look on her face was worth the price of admission.”

Other medallists included Lieutenant Jason Nissen who won bronze in the A quad scull and Lieutenant Commander Kym Fisher who teamed with Chief Petty Officer Horsburgh in the mixed D coxed four for a bronze.