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Down to the business of winning Australia's premier rowing race

28 Oct 2011

The Business School will have a strong presence in the two University of Sydney coxed-eight crews competing on Sunday in Australia's premier rowing race against arch rivals Melbourne University.

Master of Commerce students Richard Allsop (in the 6 seat), Sasha Belonogoff (5), Ryan Edwards (4) and Bachelor of Commerce/Law student James Goswell (bow) are confident, along with their team mates, of defending the title they won last year on Sydney Harbour. The race was first held in 1860 on the Yarra River in Melbourne. The clubs then regularly met in intervarsity regattas until the race was revamped as a one-on-one challenge in 2010.

Bachelor of Commerce student, Emmeline Fick, will be the School's representative in the women's coxed-eight who are looking to avenge a loss to Melbourne last year.

Coach of the men's crew, Mark Prater, was in the boat last year when Sydney beat Melbourne Uni by seven-lengths over the 7.3km course. Prater was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, saying the rivalry between the two flag-ship clubs is intense. "It's been going for over a hundred years. We love to hate each other. We love to beat each other."

The University of Sydney Business School has a strong on-going partnership with the sport of rowing and the Rowing NSW organisation. A number of initiatives have been established that aim to identify future leaders within the sport of rowing and support them through their personal, athletic, academic and professional development.

Both crews will be cheered on in Melbourne by a following flotilla, including both universities' vice-chancellors and crowds of students, alumni and other supporters.

"This is a wonderful event which epitomises the pride, passion and rivalry of our two great universities." said University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence, who spent some time rowing during his 20 years at Oxford.

"Honours were shared last year and our Sydney crews look forward to taking on Melbourne on their home stretch of water. May the best teams win."