Copus and Board stage comeback to win light men's double gold in Australia

19th January

Benjamin Board and Jamie Copus came back from a length down to win gold in the lightweight men’s double scull at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival today in 6:6.67, prompting team manager Richard Boulton to liken them to the GB Rowing Team’s 2008 Olympic Champions Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase.

“It was a very exciting race and reminiscent of Hunter and
Purchase’s 2011 World Championships victory”, said Boulton of the duo’s victory of New Zealand today.

“We knew that if we rowed well we would have a very, very good chance of winning”, said Copus a 2011 World Junior Championships silver medallist in the eight. “So we stuck to our guns and just held on there and when chose the moment to go we just went and didn’t stop until we were ahead”.

Britain, competing here as part of a Team GB set-up, also took a one-two in the men’s single scull with Leander’s Jack Beaumont coming home ahead of his team-mate Luke Moon of Tideway Scullers.

The fourth medal of the day, a silver, came courtesy of Anastasia Chitty and Nicole Lamb in the women’s pair.

The medals were a bonus for a team which is in Australia soaking up the kind of learning curve that was such a benefit to 2012 Olympic champion Kat Copeland who raced in the same event in 2009 and who said that the whole experience - kitting out, opening ceremony, being part of a multi-sport team – helped her in London.

With temperatures down to 28 from a record 48 degrees in Sydney two days ago and with a bit of wind and even light rain, the conditions probably made the British feel at home today as they took on the grueling challenge of three 2000m races in one day.

Tomorrow’s racing sees the bigger boats in action and Boulton says that it is a case of the unknown. He was impressed with New Zealand in particular today and knows that they are strong.

The format of this event is different to many others. GB Rowing Team crews are racing 12 events (six for men, six for women) with each rower racing in three different events at the five-day festival of elite youth sport.

The festival, held every four years at the Sydney Olympic venues across 17 sports, including rowing, has seen past winners go on to become Olympic Champions.

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RESULTS

OPEN

WOMEN

Pair

1. Allen/Horton (Australia) 7:26.23
2. Anastasia Chitty/Nicole Lamb (GREAT BRITAIN)
3. Hay/Greenslade (New Zealand) 7:37.64
4. Bethany Bryan/Lucy Burgess (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:38.74
5. Werry/Marulli (Australia) 7:43.81
6. Weith/Dyke (New Zealand) 7:44.89
7. Parker/Evans (Australia) 7:51.12
8. Carey/Sheehan (Australia) 7:52.12

Single scull

1 Eleni Kalimnios (Australia) 7:50.04
2 Narelle Badenoch (Australia) 7:59.66
3. Lucy Trembath (Australia) 8:01.77
4. Jennifer Cleary (Australia) 8:11.93
5. Emily Ford (GREAT BRITAIN) 8:12.20
6. Eleanor Wilson (Australia) 8:14.11
7. Kirsten Froude (New Zealand) 8:19.22
8. Jessica Leyden (GREAT BRITAIN) 8:20.29

MEN

Pair

1. Potter/Jenkins (New Zealand) 6:47.69
2. Van Velthooven/Haldane (New Zealand) 6:51.62
3. Clements/Nicolle (Australia) 6:54.74
4. Ed Grisedale/Timothy Grant (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:58.11
5. Mure/Tenbensel (Australia) 7:08.22
6. Giblin/Williams (Australia) 7:02.58
7. Brown/Izydorczyk (Australia) 7:06.03
8. Karadmimitris/Parry (Australia) 7:07.80

Single scull

1. Jack Beaumont (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:05.29
2. Luke Moon (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:07.69
3. Peter Koster (Australia) 7:13.12
4. Nathan Bowden (Australia) 7:16.95
5. Ross Jarvis (Australia) 7:17.22
6. Erik Rowan (Australia) 7:19.38
7. Angus Lillicrap (Australia) 7:25.06
8. Alexander Hill (Australia) 7:28.55

LIGHTWEIGHT

WOMEN

Double scull

1. Jonas/Kiddle (New Zealand)7:23.17
2. Wheeler/Jones (Australia) 7:24.89
3. Thomas/Lawrence (Australia) 7:27.02
4. Lucy Cruxton/Maxie Scheske (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:29.51
5. Andrews/George (Australia) 7:53.18
6. Hewish/Doring (Australia) 7:37.33

MEN

Double scull

1. Benjamin Board/Jamie Copus (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:36.67
2. Jackman/Bridgwater (New Zealand) 6:38.59
3. Maurogiovanni/Meares (Australia) 6:45.99
4. Culbertson/Kelly (Australia) 6:50.33
5. Weeks/Chuter (Australia) 6:50.75
6. Chiarabaglio/Potts (Australia)

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CREW LIST

Australian Youth Olympic Festival
Sydney, Australia
16 – 20 January 2013
(Name/Club or School)

WOMEN

Single scull

GBR 1
Jessica Leyden (Hollingworth Lake RC)

GBR 2
Emily Ford (Grange School RC)

Pair

GBR 1
Anastasia Chitty (Oxford Univ. Womens BC)/
Nicole Lamb (Newcastle Univ. BC)

GBR 2
Lucy Burgess (Northwich RC)/
Bethany Bryan (Tees RC)

Four

Anastasia Chitty (Oxford Univ. Womens BC)/
Nicole Lamb (Newcastle Univ. BC)/
Lucy Burgess (Northwich RC)/
Bethany Bryan (Tees RC)

Quadruple scull

Jessica Leyden (Hollingworth Lake RC)/
Emily Ford (Grange School RC)/
Maxie Scheske (Oxford Univ. Womens BC)/
Lucy Cruxton (Reading Univ. BC)

Eight

Anastasia Chitty (Oxford Univ. Womens BC)/
Nicole Lamb (Newcastle Univ. BC)/
Lucy Burgess (Northwich RC)/
Bethany Bryan (Tees RC)/
Jessica Leyden (Hollingworth Lake RC)/
Emily Ford (Grange School RC)/
Maxie Scheske (Oxford Univ. Womens BC)/
Lucy Cruxton (Reading Univ. BC)/
Morgan Baynham-Williams (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC) (cox)

Lightweight double scull

Maxie Scheske (Oxford Univ. Womens BC)
Lucy Cruxton (Reading Univ. BC)

MEN

Single scull

GBR 1
Jack Beaumont (Leander Club)

GBR 2
Luke Moon (Tideway Scullers School)

Pair

GBR 1
Edward Grisedale (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC)/
Timothy Grant (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC)

GBR 2
Joe Guppy (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC)/
Joel Cassells (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC)

Four

Edward Grisedale (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC)/
Timothy Grant (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC)/
Joe Guppy (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC)/
Joel Cassells (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC)

Quadruple Scull

Jack Beaumont (Leander Club)/
Luke Moon (Tideway Scullers School)/
Jamie Copus (Leander Club)/
Benjamin Board (Leander Club)

Eight

Jack Beaumont (Leander Club)/
Luke Moon (Tideway Scullers School)/
Jamie Copus (Leander Club)/
Benjamin Board (Leander Club)/
Edward Grisedale (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC)/
Timothy Grant (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC)
Joe Guppy (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC)/
Joel Cassells (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC)/
Edward Bosson (Cambridge Univ. BC) (Cox)

Lightweight men's double

Jamie Copus (Leander Club)/
Benjamin Board (Leander Club)

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TEAM LIST
Australian Youth Olympic Festival
Sydney, Australia
16 – 20 January 2013
(Event/Name/Club or School)

YOUTH MEN

M1x, M4x, M8+ Jack Beaumont (Leander Club)

M1x, M4x, M8+ Luke Moon (Tideway Scullers School)

M2-, M4-, M8+ Edward Grisedale (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC)/
M2-, M4-, M8+ Timothy Grant (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC)

M2-, M4-, M8+ Joe Guppy (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC)/
M2-, M4-, M8+ Tom Marshall (Royal Chester RC)

LM2x, M4x, M8+ Jamie Copus (Leander Club)/
LM2x, M4x, M8+ Benjamin Board (Leander Club)

M8+ Cox Edward Bosson (Cambridge Univ. BC)

YOUTH WOMEN

W1x, W4x, W8+ Jessica Leyden (Hollingworth Lake RC)

W1x, W4x, W8+ Emily Ford (Grange School RC)

W2-, W4-, W8+ Anastasia Chitty (Oxford Univ. Womens BC)/
W2-, W4-, W8+ Nicole Lamb (Newcastle Univ. BC)

W2-, W4-, W8+ Lucy Burgess (Northwich RC)/
W2-, W4-, W8+ Bethany Bryan (Tees RC)

LW2x, W4x, W8+ Maxie Scheske (Oxford Univ. Womens BC)
LW2x, W4x, W8+ Lucy Cruxton (Reading Univ. BC)

W8+ Cox Morgan Baynham-Williams (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC)

Reserves
Georgia Francis (Pangbourne College BC)
Tom Marshall (Royal Chester RC)

Coaching & Support Staff

Team Manager & Lead Coach - Richard Boulton
Coach - Paul Stannard
Coach - James Harris
Coach - Eira Parry
Physiotherapist - Rachel Burr

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