The World Rowing Under 19 Championships is the first taste of international racing for our young guns, and 2022 was the first time our Under 19 athletes have been able to race overseas since 2019.

in Varese, Italy

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Congratulations to all our crews. For some, this was their international début, and we are extremely proud of how they have represented New Zealand.

A large squad, consisting of an Under 19 women's coxed eight for the first time since 2009, took on the world in Varese, Italy.

The men’s double competed in the D final with crew Edward Botherway and Dylan Burton, and came second. Then it was fourth for Henry Kirk, Nicholas Bryan, Adam Wilson and Cameron Macgillivray in the men’s coxless four C final.

Next up, the men’s quadruple sculls crew of Samuel Wilson, Connor Bacchus, Ashley-James Fitzgerald and Oliver Leach came third in their C final, while the women’s quadruple sculls crew – Georgia Thomson, Annabelle Knowles, Emma Averill and Charlotte Lightfoot – came sixth in the B final. The women’s pair crew, Wānaka twins Phoebe and Alice Wallis, placed sixth in the A final.

In the last race for New Zealand in the World U19 Champs, the women’s eight – Nicole Vance, Orla Fitzgerald, Grace Farrell, Jemma Burrowes, Emily Bowden, Siena Snow, Holly Lill, Georgie Bethell and Annabel Wynn-Williams – came away with fifth place in their A final.

Congratulations to all our crews. For some, this was their international début, and we are extremely proud of how they have represented New Zealand.