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Owen Symington

Posted 24 July 2012

Owen Symington 

Owen Symington (OW2009) and Harry Picone travelled to Amsterdam in August to compete at the 2011 World Rowing Under 23 Championships. The two raced in the coxed four event in a crew made up of Australian rowers who currently attend American universities.

Symington and Picone also spent time rowing and conducting time trials on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, New Jersey. All Australians living in the USA were eligible, but the combination of rowers that was put together in the four had to trial a fast enough time in order for Rowing Australia to be able to send them. They were joined in Amsterdam by an eight comprised of rowers still living and competing in Australia.

In recent years, a growing number of Australians have been disqualified for national team selection because of their status as students at American universities. But now that they are able to draw from this talent pool in events like the coxed four, the Australians will be able to build on past success.

Further to the above news, the College was very pleased to hear that Owen had won silver in the Men's Under 23 Stewards Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta, held from 27 June to 1 July 2012 at Temple Island in England (pictured above). Owen is also a member of the Australian Under 23 Men’s Four who won a silver medal at the Under 23 World Championships held at Trakai in Lithuania in July 2012.

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