Tasmanian rowers Ciona Wilson and Sarah Hawe reach final at Henley Regatta

Home ground: Ciona Wilson training on the Tamar. Picture: Rob Shaw
Home ground: Ciona Wilson training on the Tamar. Picture: Rob Shaw

Tasmanian rowers Ciona Wilson and Sarah Hawe are set to experience a final at the world-famous Henley Royal Regatta.

Wilson, of Tamar, and Hawe, of Huon, are in the Australian women’s eight looking to win The Remenham Challenge Cup on the River Thames.

The Aussies beat Yale University by two-and-a-half lengths in their semi-final.

But they will face home-town opposition in the final after Leander Club and University of London also beat US opposition – University of Washington – by a length in the other semi.

The Australian crew also includes Hannah Vermeersch, of Western Australia, Georgina Rowe, of NSW, Molly Goodman, of South Australia, and Victorians Rosemary Popa, Katrina Werry, Lucy Stephan and cox James Rook.

Australia beat the University of Iowa in their heat.

The final is on Sunday (UK time). Henley is considered the premier rowing event in the UK.

Wilson, Hawe and many of their Australian teammates travelled to London from Linz in Austria where they competed in the second rowing world cup of the season.

Stephan, Werry and Goodman joined Hawe in the women’s four that won a world title last year.