OLIVIA TO ROW FOR AUSTRALIA

Year 12 student Olivia Moore will compete in the Junior Women’s Coxed Four at the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo, Japan from 7 to 11 August. Olivia follows in the footsteps of recent graduates Hamish Wynn-Pope, Jane Perrignon, Sasha Culley, Sarah Harte, Maddison Brown, Kirstie Green and Bridgette Hardy, all of whom have represented Australia at junior level while at the School.

Rowing is a staple in the Moore family. Olivia's sisters, Claire and Lucy, each rowed for the School's 1st Rowing VIII, while her cousins, Charlotte, Emma and Sophie Sutherland, also represented the School in Rowing. Charlotte has gone on to represent Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics, while Sophie rowed for Australia at Under 23 level. "It is really good to have Char and Soph's perspective and insight into what to expect with training loads and juggling it all," Olivia said. Olivia is leaving no stone unturned in her preparation and is fortunate to have Alison Crowe, the School's Girls' 1st Rowing coach, as a sounding board. "Ms Crowe (who represented Australia at underage level) has also been a massive help, mentoring me throughout the campaign."

While the World Championships are over one month away, Olivia's schedule - and that of her team - between now and then is hectic. "I’m currently in Sydney competing in the Trans-Tasman regatta with New Zealand which is a great opportunity to rehearse races and use this as an opportunity to have some fast competition," Olivia said on Thursday 27 June. "We will then train 2-3 times a day on the Yarra for two weeks before flying to Penrith for a two-week intensive pre-departure camp before flying to Tokyo."

It's been a meteoric rise for Olivia, having only started rowing at a competitive level in Year 10. "Since my family had all rowed (at school) and loved it I thought I may as well give it a go to see if I liked it," Olivia said. She progressed from Year 10 Div 1 crew in 2017 to the 1st VIII in 2018 and was elevated to Captain of Boats this year, winning the Girls' Heads of the River title in 2018 and 2019. 

Post-Tokyo, Olivia's attention will re-focus on her Year 12 studies and the run-in to VCE exams. "The timing of the Championships is difficult, considering my Year 12 workload, but my teachers understand the commitment I've made and have been very supportive," she said. 

You can follow Olivia's progress at the World Rowing Junior Championships between 7-11 August here.