HAMISH ROWS FOR AUSTRALIA

Hamish Wynn-Pope (Yr12 Cu), alongside The Geelong College's Jack Thornton, represented Australia in the Junior Men's Coxless Pairs at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Racice, Czech Republic in early August.

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The pair finished third in their heat (the seventh-fastest time from the heats), progressing to the repechage in which they finished third once again. From there, the competition split in two at the semi final stage; two semi finals with crews progressing to the A or B final, and the other two progressing to the C or D final. Hamish and Jack found themselves in the latter and duly won their semi final before finishing third, behind China and Uzbekistan, in the C final. It was an intense week for Hamish and Jack - to have four 2000m races in the space of four days - but it says a lot about the pair's resilience that their best time for the week came in their final on the last day.

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It's been a whirlwind two years for Hamish, who only began rowing ahead of the 2017 season with the School's 2nd VIII. He progressed to the School's 1st VIII this season and began training alongside Jack, under the guidance of The Geelong College's 1st VIII coach Andrew Cleary, after the APS season with the view of qualifying for the Junior Worlds. The pair excelled at the Australian pathways trials in Penrith in April and the rest is history. 

Hamish follows in the footsteps of recent graduates Jane Perrignon (EM'17), Maddison Brown (EM'15), Sasha Culley (Cl'16), Kirstie Green (A'15), Bridgette Hardy (Cl'15) and Sarah Harte (A'16) in rowing for Australia at the World Junior Championships.