It is wonderful to be here again as your Patron to share with you, your families and coaches, a night
to celebrate your incredible achievements over the past 12 months, and to have the pleasure to
present the Rinehart Rowing Leadership Award and the Male and Female Crew of the Year Awards.
I spoke last year at these awards about how highly I regard your dedication, self‐discipline and your
wonderfully strong desires to represent your country. I was so thrilled to see these attributes
demonstrated again this year as I watched the men’s and women’s eights win the Grand Challenge
and Remenham Cups in course records at Henley Royal Regatta, the first time these events have
been won by Australian crews since 2000 and 2001.