Athletes

ATHLETES
Sasha Belonogoff
Started at Sydney Uni in 2009. Represented Australia in Junior Double Scull in 2008 and then in the U23 Quad in 2009 - winning bronze medals in both crews. Sasha won four gold medals at the 2010 National Championship including a win in the Open Men's Quad. Sasha won bronze in the 2012 U 23 World Championships and represented Australia in the men's double scull at the 2013 World Championships in South Korea. In 2014 Sasha won the Australian Open Men's Single Scull Championship and the President's Cup for the Interstate Men's Single Scull. He repeated this in 2015. Sasha also won gold in the men's quad at the 2014 World Cup 1 of rowing and silver in the double sculls. In Amsterdam at the 2014 World Championships Sasha won bronze in the men’s double sculls. Sasha was again been selected in the Australian team for 2015 in the double scull finishing 5th in the A Final
Cameron Girdlestone In 2003 Cameron Girdlestone made the switch from cricket to rowing. Two years later he competed in the men’s four at the Junior World Championships in Germany. He contested the U23 World Championships in 2007 and then made his first senior team in 2014. At the first World Cup of that year in Sydney, Girdlestone took gold in the quad scull and silver in the pair and went on to compete in the quad scull at World Cup 3 and the 2014 World Championships.
Cameron is a PDHPE teacher at the Shore School, and enjoys working with the students in their academic and sporting endeavours. When racing, he likes to do a good solid warm up and then have a drink from his good luck water bottle. Cam was selected for the 2015 Australian men’s quad scull and won silver at the Wordl Championships at Lake Aigbulette.
Jack Hargreaves Jack gained selection in the U23 Australian eight in 2013 along with Kit Cunningham Reid, Tom Sacre and Nick Wheatley. In 2014 he joined Nick Wheatley in the pair and won the national title in this boat then a silver medal representing Australia in the pair at the World U 23 Championships in Italy. After being in national championship U 23 eights and two winning NSW Youth eights Jack also made selection in the winning NSW 2014 Kings Cup crew. Following the recent selection trials Nick (and pair partner Jack Hargreaves) have been selected as the Australian Men’s pair for 2015 and will contest both the U23 and Senior World Championships.
Nick Wheatley Sweeper who has won three national U23 championships in the men’s eight. Also in two winning NSW Youth Eights and selected in the Australian U23 eight in 2013. In 2014 Nick ( with Jack Hargreaves) won the national U23 pair and with Jack and SUBC coach Mark Prater was selected as the U23 Australian pair and went on to win a silver medal at the U23 Worlds in Varese. In 2014 Nick also made selection in the NSW Kings Cup crew and went on to win this event. Following the recent selection trials Nick (and pair partner Jack Hargreaves) have were selected as the Australian Men’s pair for 2015 won silver at the U23 Worlds and made the A Final at the Senior World Championships finishing 6th
Nick Purnell Nick has been a member of 5 winning Kings Cup crews. He represented Australia in the men’s eight at the London Olympics and has represented Australia at a World Championships as a single sculler.
Hamish Playfair Started at SUBC in sweep and has been a member of three national champion U23 eights for SUBC. Hamish was selected in the 2013 Australian U23 Men’s Quad Scull. Hamish is the male captain of SUBC.
Toby Lister The little general was the Australian Men's Heavyweight sweep cox 2010-2012. Toby's achievements include coxing six winning NSW Kings Cup crews (2009-2014) and silver steering the Aussie Eight at the Lucern World Cup. Toby won a bronze in the Men's Eight at the 2010 World Championships and coxed the Australian eight at the 2012 London Olympics. Toby has the unique record of winning eight Riverview Gold Cups. Toby completed his coxing career at the 2015 Nationals. He has the distinction as head coach of Adelaide’s Scotch College in 2015 that both the school’s eights (men and women ) won their respective Head of the River.
Fergus Pragnell Aussie U23 Coxed Four 2004 Gold Medallist U23 Worlds. 2005 Australian U23 Pair, Four and Eight Champion. 2005 and 2006 King's Cup Eight. NSW Elite Coxless Pair Champion 2007 and NSW Champion Eights winner 2005 to 2014 - ten in a row. Seven consecutive Kings Cup wins for NSW in 2008-2014 and selected in the Aus Men's Senior A eight in 2009 and the Sen A Men's Four in 2010. Reserve sweep for London Olympic squad. Stroke of the Sydney Uni men's eight in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Australian Boat Race. In 2014 Fergus was in the Australian men’s coxless four that won bronze at the World Championships. Fergus has just been selected in the 2015 Australian Men’s eight.

Matt Ryan Gold Medallist, Australian Jnr Men’s Coxed Four 2002, NSW State Championships, U/23 Pair 2003. No 4 Aussie U23 Eight 2003 - Bronze Medallist. 2003 National Champion U23 Eight and Four. 2004 Australian U23 Coxed Four Gold Medallist at U23 Worlds. 2005 and 2006 King's Cup Eight. Australian Sen A Coxless Four World Championships 2005. Champion Men's Elite Pair of NSW 2006, Champion Men's Elite Four 2006 and Eight 2006-2010. Matt won an Olympic silver medals in 2008 in the Men's Four at the Beiging Olympics. Has won seven consecutive King's Cups from 2008-2014.Matt is now Rowing Master at Wesley College Melbourne and has been training with Nick Purnell in a pair for 2015 selections and has just been selected in the Australian men’s eight for 2015.