HANNAH Every-Hall and teammate Maia Simmonds have been crowned World Cup champions.
On the final day of the Sydney International Rowing Regatta, Every-Hall and Simmonds won the Lightweight Women’s Double Scull event over 2000m in the World Rowing Cup 1 event.
The duo opened a boat length lead half way through the race before storming home to win the event by 3.2 seconds ahead of New Zealanders Julie Edward and Lucy Strack.
Fellow Australians Ella Flecker and Georgia Nesbitt came in third positions.
The sculls event attracted a strong final field with competitors from Australia, Czech Republic, South Korea and New Zealand.
The dual winner of the Bendigo Advertiser-WIN Television Sports Star of the Year award now leads the field with her Perth teammate Simmonds.
The pair are on eight points heading into the second World Cup event.
Every-Hall, a former Bendigo rower now lives in Queensland also finished second in the Australian Open Lightweight Women’s Single Scull.
The Sydney regatta was the first major event Every-Hall has competed in since the London Olympics in 2012.
She took some time off from the sport since the Games.
At the Olympics, Every-Hall managed to make the final of the lightweight double sculls.
The second World Cup event will be held in Aiguebelette in France between June 20 and 22.
The third and final World Cup event will be in Lucerne in Switzerland between July 11 and 13.