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Mosman athletes selected to Australian Squad

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Building on the excitement of our 100th anniversary, Mosman Rowing Club is pleased to announce that five of our athletes and one coach have been selected to the Australian 2011 rowing squad. 

 

Beijing Olympians Amy Clay and Dan Noonan have been selected to represent Australia in the women's and men's quad scull, respectively, competing at the 2011 Rowing World Championships in Bled, Slovenia, which is a selection regatta for the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in London.

 

 

Jay Ditmarsch has been selected for the junior men's quad scull, Jake Grave has been selected for the junior men's coxless four, and Aaron Wright has been selected for the junior men's coxed four that will compete at the 2011 World Junior Rowing Championships Eton, England, the rowing venue for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

 

In addition, Tom Laurich has been selected to coach the junior men's coxed four.

 

Brief biographies of each of the athletes and coach are set out below.

 

Athlete biographies

 

Amy Clay has been a member of Mosman Rowing Club since 2003. She began her rowing career in 1997 at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon, USA. Amy was a member of the 7th placed Australian women's quad scull at the 2007 World Championships and Olympic Qualifying Regatta in Munich. In 2008 Amy stroked the Australian women's quad scull to 6th place in the final at the Beijing Olympic Games Amy graduated from Lewis & Clark with a degree in English literature and today juggles a full-time job in the city with the demands of an elite training schedule under the close supervision of Mosman's legendary head coach Nick Garratt.

 

Dan Noonan has been a member of Mosman Rowing Club since 1997. He began his rowing career in 1994 at St Ignatius Riverview where he stroked the first eight. Coached by Mosman Head Coach Nick Garratt, Dan has competed in 3 World Championships and 1 Olympic Games to date. Dan's first World Championships were in 2006 in Great Britain, where the Australian men's quad scull placed 9th. At the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poland, Dan won a silver medal in the men's quad scull, again sitting in the stroke seat. In 2010 at the World Rowing Championships in New Zealand, Dan stroked the Australian men's quad scull to a bronze medal. At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the Australian men's quad scull came 4th in the final with Dan in stroke after setting the world's fastest time in their earlier heat. Dan is Captain of the Australian men's rowing team. He stroked the 2010 NSW Kings Cup crew to victory, and repeated it in 2011 setting the fastest time ever recorded by an eight in Australia in the process. Living in Kirribilli, Dan has degrees in plumbing and in his spare time gives back to the sport by coaching at Scots College.

 

Jay Ditmarsch has been selected to row in the 2011 Australian junior men's quad scull that will compete at the 2011 World Junior Rowing Championships Eton, England. Jay has been a member of Mosman Rowing Club since 2009. He began his rowing career in 2008 at Grammar. Jay stroked the Grammar boat which won the School 1st Eight at the AAGPS Head of the River Race in April 2011. Living in Seaforth, Jay enjoys socializing in his spare time.

 

Jake Grave has been selected to row in the 2011 Australian junior men's coxless four that will compete at the 2011 World Junior Rowing Championships Eton, England. Jake has been a member of Mosman Rowing Club since 2009. He began his rowing career in 2008 at Shore. Jake rowed in the Shore boat which came second in the School 1st Eight at the AAGPS Head of the River Race in April 2011. Living in Mosman, Jake plans on studying dentistry after high school.

 

Aaron Wright has been selected to row in the 2011 Australian junior men's coxed four that will compete at the 2011 World Junior Rowing Championships Eton, England. Aaron has been a member of Mosman Rowing Club since 2009. He began his rowing career in 2005 at Scots College. This is Aaron's second appearance on the Australian junior rowing team following his selection last year for the junior men's coxless four in 2010 which competed at the World Junior Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. Aaron is a full-time athlete on an NSWIS scholarship and enjoys snowboarding when he is not training.

 

Jay, Jake and Aaron are all members of Mosman's elite development squad coached by Tom Laurich.

 

Mosman elite development coach Tom Laurich has been selected to coach the 2011 Australian junior men's coxed four. Tom was selected in 2010 to coach the Australian junior men's coxless four which was a finalist at the World Junior Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. Tom joined Mosman's coaching team just a month after competing in the Beijing Olympics in the Australian men's eight. Tom was also a member of the Australian eight in 2006 and 2007. In 2004 Tom was in the coxless four in Athens which finished a nail biting 4th place, a fraction out of the medals in Matt Pinsent's last race.

 

Prior to that Tom rowed in the coxed pair that won the Australian men's team their only medal in the Seville World Championships in 2003, having taken some very big scalps in trials in Australia. Tom has been a medallist in the single scull at World Junior championships, a member of the Senior quad scull at the 2001 World championships, the Sydney Olympics single scull trialist, and national double scull champion with Mosman's Peter Hardcastle.

 

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