Paulines Cameron Girdlestone and Sasha Belonogoff will be participating in their first Olympics at Rio this year. Along with their crewmates Karsten Forsterling and James McRae, Girdlestone and Belonogoff are race favourites for the Men’s Quadruple Sculls after winning the two World Rowing Cup regattas in the lead up to the Games. St Paul’s College is wishing them all the best in the coming weeks, and will be taking special care to watch out for them!
They will be competing in the Mens Quadruple Sculls Heat 2 on Sunday, 7 August – check your local listing for times!
Pauline Olympian Profiles
Cameron Girdlestone (in College 2007-09)
In 2003, Cameron Girdlestone made the switch from cricket to rowing. Two years later he competed in the men’s four at the Junior World Championships in Germany. He contested the U23 World Championships in 2007 and then made his first senior team in 2014. At the first World Cup of that year in Sydney, Girdlestone took gold in the quad scull and silver in the pair and went on to compete in the quad scull at World Cup 3 and the 2014 World Championships. Girdlestone is a PDHPE teacher at the Shore School, and enjoys working with the students in their academic and sporting endeavours. When racing, he likes to do a good solid warm up and then have a drink from his good luck water bottle. In 2015 Girdlestone competed in the Men’s Quadruple Scull and won a silver medal at the World Rowing Championships in France and in 2016, he was named once again in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls. (rowingaustralia.com.au)
Sasha Belonogoff (in College 2009-10)
Alexander ‘Sasha’ Belonogoff won a bronze medal in the double scull at the Junior World Championships in 2008. He then went on to win two bronze medals in the quad sculls at the 2009 and 2012 U23 World Championships. Belonogoff made his senior A team debut in 2013 at World Cup 1 in Sydney where he took bronze in the double sculls. In 2014, Belonogoff won three medals from three World Cup appearances and also claimed bronze at the World Championships in Amsterdam. In 2016, Belonogoff was named in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls. (rowingaustralia.com.au)