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The Australian Boat Race is the annual rowing match race between the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney. Held for men’s and women’s Eights, the race venue alternates between the Yarra River in the heart of Melbourne and on the Sydney Harbour. It encapsulates the long-standing rivalry between two great cities and two great universities. The Australian Boat Race is a showcase event on each of the respective cities’ iconic watercourses and is the new chapter of a 150 year old rivalry between Australia’s two oldest universities and boat clubs.

The 2021 Australian Boat Race will be held on Saturday 16 October. Crews will be selected by an independent panel and the University of Melbourne's Sport Performance Coordinator. Crew coaches are currently being finalised. Opportunities for, and expectations of selected crew members will be:

  • On-water and Strength & Conditioning training availability from July through to race day
  • S&C will be provided by the University’s S&C Coach Tony Sephton
  • Australian Boat Race availability for Media Call (Fri 15 Oct  -TBC) and Race-day (Sat 16 Oct)
  • University of Melbourne student must be enrolled in Semester 2 2021
  • Selected crews will also be required to represent the University at the 2021 Div 1 Uni Nationals (formally named Australian University Games) on the Gold Coast (26 Sept – 2 Oct)
  • Crew members will receive a commemorative 2021 Australian Boat Race zootie and other inter-varsity representative kit
  • A squad of 10 to 12 will be selected for both men’s and women’s Eights at the discretion of the selection panel.

Become part of the University of Melbourne’s rich and long rowing tradition. Complete the 2021 Australian Boat Race Expression of Interest here.

For more information, please contact Sport Performance Coordinator Larissa Payne.

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* 1. Name

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* 2. Email Address

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* 3. Phone Number

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* 4. UoM Student Number
Must be a currently enrolled UoM student in Semester 2, 2021

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* 5. Gender

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* 6. Year of Study

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* 7. Level of study

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* 8. What course are you undertaking?
For example: Bachelor of Science, Doctor of Medicine, etc.

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* 9. What is your current Boat Club?

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* 10. What was your Secondary School?

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* 11. Height and weight

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* 12. Best 2km ergo score in last 6 months

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* 13. Preference for Bow or Stroke side

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* 14. Please list your best recent result at the 2021 Australian Rowing Championships or other rowing event

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* 15. In 50 words or less, tell us why representing the University of Melbourne in the Australian Boat Race is important to you?

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* 16. By clicking 'I AGREE' I confirm I am nominating to represent the University of Melbourne in the Australian Boat Race. All information I have provided is true and accurate.

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