Scots boys to represent Australia at the World Junior Rowing Championships

On Thursday 23 April Rowing Australia announced the Junior Rowing team set to represent Australia in the 2015 World Junior Rowing Championships in Rio de Janeiro in August. The Junior Men's Coxed IV will comprise of Scots boys Henry Kamp, Toby Starkey and Coxswain Benjamin Doyle, along with Thomas Barnes from Shore and Hamish McDonald from St Joseph's College.

Over the period Thursday 16 to Monday 20 April the students competed in a five-day qualifying regatta, finishing first and second out of thirteen crews in the small boat category. The rowers then combined in the Sydney Rowing Club Junior Men's Under 19 Coxed IV, winning the grading race against crews from Queensland and Victoria by 9.76 seconds; two seconds in front of the qualifying benchmark set by Rowing Australia.

Mr Robert Williams, Director of Rowing at The Scots College, was selected to coach the crew at the World Championships. Mr Williams, who led Toby, Benjamin and Henry to a second place as a part of the 1st VIII in the 2015 Head of the River, commented, "Our outstanding qualifying time is a testament to the abilities and hard work of the Junior crew. The crew is looking strong and I am very confident that they will be competitive at the World Championships."

"It will be the first time, Scots is this well-represented at the Junior World Championships. We have got some outstanding talent this season; they have trained exceptionally hard to reach this goal."

"Part of my roll as Coxswain is to unify the crew. I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment gaining selection to the World Championships as a part of a combined team with Joeys and Shore; who we shared the podium with at the Head of the River. Throughout the GPS season we raced against Hamish and Thomas, knowing that we would eventually form one team at Sydney Rowing Club," Benjamin said.

"Placing second in the Head of the River gave us a taste of success and made us work even harder towards reaching our goal of representing Australia," Toby added.

Henry Kamp, who was crowned GPS Sculling Champion in 2014; the first Scots boy ever to be awarded this title, is now looking forward to representing the country. "I feel very fortunate to represent Australia, it is a huge honour and I am really excited for the campaign ahead," said Henry who has since been approached by top Ivy League schools in America.

Principal at The Scots College, Dr Ian Lambert, said, "This achievement is the result of hard work and camaraderie achieved under the dedicated leadership of Mr Williams. These fine young men possess outstanding, well-rounded qualities and we are incredibly proud of them."