By Rupert Guinness at the Sydney International Regatta Centre

The new-look Australian Women’s Double Scull crew of Harriet Hudson and Amanda Bateman will get to showcase their reportedly impressive boat speed in public for the first time on Tuesday in their heats at the Australian Rowing Championships in Penrith.

Hudson and Bateman, both 2021 Tokyo Olympians, were recently selected for the 2024 Australian Rowing Team (ART) as the Women’s Double Scull crew for the international season.

Like all in the ART, Hudson and Bateman have their eyes on the Olympic Games in Paris. In Tokyo Hudson, 26, raced in the Bronze Medal winning Quad Scull while Bateman, 27, raced with Tara Rigney in the Double Scull that won the B Final to place seventh.

At the recent 2024 selection trials at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith, where this week’s national titles are being held, Hudson and Bateman consistently raced strongly and turned the heads of Rowing Australia selectors for their boat speed and race potential.

Since the trials late last month, the crew has continued its preparation with the Women’s Squad from the Hancock Prospecting Women’s National Training Centre.

In other Australian Rowing Championships races on Tuesday:

  • The Australian Men’s Double Scull of David Bartholot and Marcus Della Marta will officially race as a crew for the first time since being selected in heats on Monday afternoon.
  • Crucial repechages will be held for the Open Men’s and Women’s Single Sculls and Open Men’s and Women’s Lightweight Single Sculls divisions.
  • Heats are on for the Open Men’s Coxless Pairs and PR3 Men’s Single Scull.

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