The rowing team representing the Australian Defence Force (ADF) at the 2019 Henley Royal Regatta King’s Cup event in the United Kingdom (UK) in July was announced on Saturday 13 April.
Patron of ADF Rowing, Air Vice Marshal Leigh
Gordon said this year marked the centenary of the King’s Cup, which was last
contested at the Royal Henley Peace Regatta of 1919, with Australia, Canada,
France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America
“One hundred years ago, the King’s Cup promoted
the power of sport in hastening a return to normality following the First World
War,” AVM Gordon said.
“Six allied nations competed in this peace
regatta, with the Australian Imperial Force No. 1 crew victorious.
“This year, the King’s Cup will for the first
time allow mixed-gender crews, highlighting the opportunities available to
women in today’s military.”
Crews from Germany and the Netherlands will
also compete, symbolising the strength of today’s alliances.
“Australia’s crew represents the modern ADF,
with full-time and reserve men and women drawn nationally from all ranks and
all services,” AVM Gordon said.
“Medics to engineers, long-term serving members
to new recruits are brought together to form the competing crew.
“The team is conscious that the last time an
Australian military crew raced at Henley, they brought back the cup.”
The announcement took place at the Australian War Memorial, with the ADF rowing team joining the 2019 Australian Rowing Team for a special Last Post Ceremony to commemorate the Centenary of the King’s Cup.
The King’s Cup will be held from 3 to 7 July
2019 at the Royal Henley Regatta in the UK. Further information about the
King’s Cup and opportunities to follow and support the crews, is available at
the Official King’s Cup Website: at https://www.kingscup.org/