Katrina Werry
Personal information
NationalityAustralian
Born (1993-10-10) 10 October 1993 (age 28)
Sport
CountryAustralia
SportRowing
Event(s)Coxless pair, Coxless four
Achievements and titles
National finalsQueen's Cup 2015, 17, 18
Olympic finalsTokyo 2020 W8+

Katrina Werry (born 10 October 1993) is an Australian national and world champion rower.[1] At the 2017 World Rowing Championships, she became world champion in the women's coxless four with Lucy Stephan, Sarah Hawe, and Molly Goodman.[2] She regained that coxless four world championship title in 2019. She won the Remenham Challenge Cup at the 2018 Henley Royal Regatta in the Australian women's eight. She rowed in the Australian women's eight at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.[3][4]

Club and state rowing

Raised in Victoria, Werry's senior rowing was from the Mercantile Rowing Club. She won a scholarship to the Victorian Institute of Sport.[5]

Werry was first selected to represent Victoria in the women's youth eight in 2012 contesting the Bicentennial Cup at the Interstate Regatta within the Australian Rowing Championships.[6] She raced again in 2013 in the Victorian youth eight. In 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2021 she was selected in Victoria's senior women's eight competing for the Queen's Cup at the Interstate Regatta.[7] Those crews were victorious in all four years in which Werry raced.[8][9]

In Mercantile colours she contested championship titles at the Australian Rowing Championships on numerous occasions. She raced in an all-Mercantile coxless pair and eight in the 2017 Australian Championships finishing in second place in both. She also contested the coxless pair title in 2018 finishing fourth.[10] In 2021 in a National Training Centre eight she won the open women's eight title at the Australian Championships.[11]

International representative rowing

Werry made her Australian representative debut in the women's eight competing at the 2014 World Rowing U23 Championships in Varese. They raced to fourth placing.[12] The following year at the 2015 U23 World Championships in Plovdiv she raced a coxless pair with her Mercantile club-mate Addy Dunkly-Smith. They won the bronze medal[12]

In 2017 Werry was elevated to the Australian senior squad and was selected in the coxless four with Lucy Stephan, Molly Goodman, and Sarah Hawe.[12] They competed at the World Rowing Cups II & III and as a foursome they didn't lose a race in the international season.[12] At the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida it was to be no different. They won their heat and started slow in the final sitting in sixth place at the 500m and fifth place at the 1000m mark. In third 500m they began to push on the Dutch and were joined by Poland & Russia all challenging for the podium. In the final sprint, Stephan called Goodman to up the rating and at 43 strokes per minute the Australian four surged into the lead to claim gold and the world championships title ahead of Poland & Russia.[13]

Werry was selected in the Australian women's sweep squad in 2018 but was initially seated in the eight and replaced in the coxless four by Rosie Popa. In their second competitive outing of the 2018 international season in an Australian selection eight and racing as the Georgina Hope Rinehart National Training Centre, after Rowing Australia patron, Gina Rinehart, Werry won the 2018 Remenham Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.[14] Without Werry the four won gold at two WRCs in Europe but by the time of 2018 World Rowing Championships Popa was out of the four with an injury and Werry back in the two seat. Seated as they had been in 2017, the Australian four won their heat, were surprised by a new combination USA crew in the semi and then in the final placed second to the USA and finished with world championship silver.[12]

In 2019 Werry was again picked in Australian women's sweep squad for the international season. For the two Rowing World Cups in Europe Werry was seated at two in the Australian coxless four and rowed to a bronze medal at RWC II in Poznan and to a gold medal at WRC III in Rotterdam.[12] Werry, Aldersey, Hawe and Stephan were selected to race Australia's coxless four at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria.[15] The four were looking for a top eight finish at the 2019 World Championships to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.[16] They won their heat and semi-final, thereby qualifying the boat for Tokyo 2020.[12] They led the final from start to finish, took the gold medal and regained their world champion title.[12] In Tokyo the Australian women's eight placed third in their heat, fourth in the repechage and fifth in the Olympic A final.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Katrina Werry results". www.worldrowing.com. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Rowing gold rush with two world titles in 20 minutes for women's and men's four". www.dailytelegraph.com. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  3. ^ 2021 Aust Olympic Crews
  4. ^ Firmed Aust 2021 crews
  5. ^ Women's Crews at Penrith Training Centre
  6. ^ "2012 Austn C'ships". Archived from the original on 21 September 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  7. ^ "2015 Austn C'ships". Archived from the original on 17 June 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  8. ^ 2018 Queen's Cup results
  9. ^ 2021 Interstate Regatta Results
  10. ^ 2017 Austn C'ship results
  11. ^ 2021 Austn C'ships
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i Werry at World Rowing
  13. ^ "2017 World C'ships at Guerin Foster". Archived from the original on 25 June 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  14. ^ "2018 Australian Henley victories". Archived from the original on 11 July 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  15. ^ 2019 WRC entry list
  16. ^ 2019 World C'ship selections