The Interstate Regatta is sure to be hotly contested once again, with many national team athletes in action. Check out our top tips on who to watch this year:

Interstate PR3 Women’s Single Scull

2017 winner – Kate Murdoch (NSW)

It’s hard to see past New South Wales’ Kate Murdoch here. The 2018 Australian National Champion in the PR3 Women’s Single Scull will no doubt have some competition from Tasmania’s Sara Waitzer and ACT’s Nikki Ayres.

Interstate PR3 Men’s Single Scull

2017 winner – Mac Russell (QLD)

Mac Russell was crowned the PR3 Men’s Single Scull Champion of Australia earlier this week and he’ll be eager to back it up with more gold at the Interstate Regatta. He’ll no doubt receive some challenges from Interstate debutants New South Wales’ James Talbot and Jed Altschwager of South Australia while Alistair Chong (Tasmania) and Aaron Skinner (Victoria) will be hot on their heels.

Nell Slatter Trophy – Interstate Women’s Single Scull

2017 winner – Maddie Edmunds (QLD)

The Australian Rowing Team’s newest Women’s Single Sculler, Maddie Edmunds will be the firm favourite to claim her second successive Nell Slatter Trophy for Queensland. She’s joined by an esteemed field, including fellow Olympian, Olympia Aldersey from South Australia, as well as U23 Women’s Pair silver medallist, Annabelle McIntyre from West Australia.

President’s Cup – Interstate Men’s Single Scull

2017 winner – Cameron Girdlestone (NSW)

There is an impressive pedigree of rowers in this year’s President’s Cup, with the race featuring three Olympians as well as multiple current and former Australian Rowing Team members. Alexander Hill will be looking to add the President’s Cup to his haul of gold medals from this year’s Nationals, but David Watts (WA), Caleb Antill (ACT) and Cameron Girdlestone (NSW) will be chasing the South Australian down the course along with the rest of the field.

The Victoria Cup – Interstate Lightweight Women’s Quad Scull

2017 Winner – Victoria

The current holders, Queensland, may have a tough time holding onto the Victoria Cup this year, with New South Wales’ entry looking particularly strong. The NSW crew of Sophie Jerapetritis, Georgina Masters and two Senior Australian Rowing Team members – Georgia Miansarow and Sarah Pound – look to be the inform crew to challenge for the title, however Victoria featuring Alice McNamara, Meghan Hester, Teneille Linchan and Alice Arch shouldn’t be ruled out.

Penrith Cup – Interstate Lightweight Men’s Four

2017 winner – West Australia

The West Australians will be keen to back up their impressive Penrith Cup victory of 2017 at this year’s Interstate Regatta. The same crew returns to defend the lightweight title, but will no doubt find stiff competition from across the field, particularly from Queensland and Victoria.

Bicentenary Cup – Interstate Women’s Youth Eight

2017 winner – Victoria

A field of five will contest this year’s Interstate Women’s Youth Eight, with plenty of underage national champions amongst all the crews. Victoria and Queensland are strong contenders for the title, but don’t rule out West Australia, South Australia and New South Wales – all are capable of powering it up for the win.

Noel F Wilkinson Cup – Interstate Men’s Youth Eight

2017 winner – New South Wales

New South Wales are no doubt keen to retain the Noel F Wilkinson Cup, and their crew boasts a number of recent underage team athletes. Queensland shouldn’t be discounted out of the medal contention, with a crew including Junior World Champion double  sculler Cormac Kennedy-Leverett as well as fellow Australian National Champion crew-mate, Jackson Free (son of Australian Rowing Team alumni, Marcus Free).

Queen’s Cup – Interstate Women’s Eight

2017 winner – Victoria

Will Victoria make it to 14 wins in a row? It’s hard to see past the ladies in navy blue, with the crew featuring five members of the current Australian Rowing Team including Women’s Four World Champions Katrina Werry, Sarah Hawe and Lucy Stephan. Queensland have put together a crew which features a mixture of youth and experience, including Olympians Maddie Edmunds and Sally Kehoe, and will put pressure on the Victorians, alongside New South Wales which fields a crew of seven Women’s NTC athletes

King’s Cup – Interstate Men’s Eight

2017 winner – New South Wales

All eyes will be on New South Wales this year who have a crew that features seven Australian Rowing Team members, but Victoria, West Australia, Queensland and South Australia won’t be going down without a fight. Victoria’s crew is looking strong to challenge them this year with the likes of Olympians Josh Dunkley-Smith and Josh Booth amongst the crew. Keep an eye out for Queensland who have bought in 2016 Olympic silver medallist, Sasha Belongoff into their crew.