Tasmanian rowers Ciona Wilson and Sarah Hawe victorious at Henley Regatta

Tasmanian rowers Sarah Hawe and Ciona Wilson with the spoils of victory at the Henley Royal Regatta.
Tasmanian rowers Sarah Hawe and Ciona Wilson with the spoils of victory at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Tasmanians Ciona Wilson and Sarah Hawe have tasted success at the UK’s premier rowing event.

The state teammates were in the Australian women’s eight which won the Remenham Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in London.

It was the first time an Aussie crew has won the prestigious race since 2001 and they even broke the course record by two seconds.

Wilson, of Tamar, and Hawe, of Huon, were joined by 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.

Up against Leander Club and University of London, the two national crews flew out of the blocks on the River Thames, resulting in the Australian crew equalling the record to the barrier. 

The Aussies continued to fend off the British challenge in the second half of the race before establishing the new course record of 6 minutes 36 seconds.

Australia beat the University of Iowa in their heat and Yale University in the semi-final.

Launceston rower Ciona Wilson with her partner Vincent Bell and her parents Kim and Mark Wilson after her win at Henley.

Launceston rower Ciona Wilson with her partner Vincent Bell and her parents Kim and Mark Wilson after her win at Henley.

To cap off a great day for the Aussies, the men’s eight also won the Grand Challenge Cup for the first time since 2000.