Clarence Valley pair Leah Saunders and Riley Elvery have been chosen in the Australian junior rowing team.
Clarence Valley pair Leah Saunders and Riley Elvery have been chosen in the Australian junior rowing team.

Pair to compete in world champs

RILEY Elvery (Gulmarrad) and Leah Saunders (Woodford Island) have been selected to the Australian junior rowing team.

Announced by the North Coast Academy of Sport (NCAS) at the Rowing Australia national selection trials in Penrith, the pair is part of the five crews that will compete at the 2011 World Junior Rowing Championships in Eton, England.

The regatta, which runs from August 3-6, will also serve as the official test event for the rowing venue that is to be used at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Elvery and Saunders were members of this year’s NCAS rowing program.

Elvery has been selected to the junior men’s quad scull and Saunders to the junior women’s quad scull.

Both rowed with the Lower Clarence Amateur Rowing Club in Maclean and have just moved to Sydney for university study.

Elvery was first selected to the rowing program in 2008 and Saunders in 2006 through a talent search program.

“Both Leah and Riley have worked extremely hard to achieve national selection, coping with completing Year 12 in 2010 along with their heavy training load,” NCAS executive director John Kincade said.

“This is another endorsement of the academy’s rowing program and continues an outstanding history of our regional rowers achieving national selection.”

“I acknowledge the support of the Northern Rivers Rowing Clubs coaches – people like Harold Kratz, Colin Lang and Betty Bogdanek – who give up their weekends to attend our camps.

“I also acknowledge the support provided by Ted Hale Sculls, who generously provides our program with training sculls for the younger athletes.”



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