An inspiring story about our physiotherapist Alex Daniel, after she competed on the international stage last year in the Australian Open Rowing Championships.
Alex Daniel competed in the Sydney International Rowing Regatta (SIRR) held between March 23 and 30 2014, at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC).
The regatta comprised of domestic and international competitions, including the Australian Open Rowing Championships, Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships, Interstate Regatta and the World Rowing Cup 1.
The event attracted 1872 domestic and 257 international athletes, who competed in 110 events over the seven days of competition, making the SIRR the largest national rowing championships ever hosted, and the largest regatta held at the SIRC since the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Alex competed in the Australian Open Rowing Championships for her club, the Adelaide University Rowing Club (AUBC), and represented South Australia in the Interstate Regatta.
The Australian Open Rowing Championships is Australia’s premier regatta, with states, clubs and schools sending their best crews.
The championships began with the National Regatta- men’s, women’s and lightweight events in open, under 23, under 19, under 17 and school aged categories.
Rowers at the National Regatta race in their local club colours with composite crews permitted.
Alex competed in the Open Lightweight Women’s Division in the single scull, double scull and quadruple scull, placing 18th, seventh and fourth respectively.
With the championships being held in conjunction with the World Cup, it gave the opportunity to race against some inter national entrants as they prepared for their World Cup racing later in the week.
“It was great to see where I stood against athletes who race at an international level” Alex said.
“My highlight was being in stroke seat of the Open Quadruple Scull and finishing in fourth place in front on an international crew.”
The championships concluded with the interstate regatta – currently six events competed by state representative crews selected by the state rowing associations. Alex was selected to stroke the South Australian Women’s Lightweight Quadruple Scull in the Victoria Cup.
The team was also comprised of Alyssa Henessy (Adelaide Rowing Club), Georgina Mills (AUBC) and Alexandra Carter (AUBC). Coached by Amber Halliday, three-time lightweight world-champion and Tim Hennessy. The six month lead up of selection processes and training lead up to one hotly contested two kilometre race for the Victoria Cup.
The state crew raced as a composite in the Open Rowing Championships the day before in preparation for the interstate regatta.
“Coming away with a forth and beating an international crew was a positive result leading into the interstate event” Alex said. South Australia had a competitive start out of the blocks against the other Australian states. Unfortunately, at the 200 metre mark the gate holding an oar broke. The Rowing Australia rules of racing allow races to be re-raced if a crew sustains damage to its boat or equipment while still in the start zone.
Unfortunately the start zone is made up of the first 100 metres of the course.
Whilst the way in which receiving the sixth place in the Interstate regatta was devastating for the crew, Alex looked positively at the fourth placing the crew received together the previous day and the team camaraderie built in the months leading up to the event- a unique bond if formed when training starts at 5.30am!
Alex has spent many years training at the top level in rowing, and with qualifications and significant experience in strength and conditioning, she’s the perfect match to help you get yourself in shape. Read more about Alex here, or book an appointment to see her here