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New Zealand ready for Varese World Cup

  • 16 Jun 15

The New Zealand team are ready to race in the second World Cup Rowing Regatta of the 2015 international season starting Friday (19 June). New Zealand will compete in all 14 Olympic boat classes and two international boat classes. There are more than 750 international athletes from 42 countries confirmed to race in Varese, Italy for the World Cup regatta.

The men's single scull has the largest number of entries with a total of 35 and has a top quality field to match. Olympic Champion Mahe Drysdale makes his first international showing for 2015. Drysdale will compete against the winner of the European Rowing Championships Damir Martin of Croatia. Tough competition will also come from the current World Champion Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic and the Cuban sculler Angel Rodriguez Fournier who won the first World Cup in Bled.

New Zealand’s new women's double scull combination of Zoe Stevenson and Eve MacFarlane will meet European Champions Magdalena Fularczyk and Natalia Madaj of Poland along with European bronze medallists Katherine Grainger and new partner Victoria Thornley of Great Britain.

19 countries are racing in the lightweight women's double sculls with New Zealand duo of Julia Edward and Sophie MacKenzie the defending champion. They will compete against the European Champions from Great Britain Katherine Copeland and Charlotte Taylor as well as last year's silver medallists Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee of Canada and bronze medallists from China Dandan Pan and Weny Huang.

The women’s pair has 18 entries with New Zealand pairing on Kerri Gowler and Grace Prendergast ready to take on the world champion combination of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning from Great Britain.

The men’s pair of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond are sitting out this second world cup event, so New Zealand will be represented by men’s sweep reserves Paddy McInnes and Axel Dickinson. McInnes and Dickinson will be one of 16 entries in this event.

Robbie Manson and Chris Harris are contesting the men’s double scull which has a total of 23 entries. They will have tough competition against the Croatian Sinkovic brothers who are the current world champions and world best time holders. It will be interesting to see which crews front up with Germany fielding Marcel Hacker, who has represented Germany in the men’s single sculls internationally since 1999 in the double sculls with Stephan Kruefer. The 2014 silver medallists Romano Battisti and Francesco Fossi and the 2014 bronze medallists from across the ditch – Australia – James McRae and Alexander Belonoff will also provide some stiff competition for the kiwis.

New Zealand is fielding a men’s four for the first time since 2013 and the crew is one of 12 entries at this second world cup event.

New Zealanders Fiona Bourke and Olivia Loe will be racing the women’s single scull and the event has 24 entries including Australian Kim Crow who was the 2014 silver medallist, and China’s Jingli Duan who won bronze.

Peter Taylor and Hayden Cohen will be one of 22 entries in the men’s lightweight double. Taylor has not competed in this event since the 2012 Olympic Games where he won the bronze medal with crewmate Storm Uru. The ones to watch are the 2014 silver medallists from France Stany Delayre and Jeremie Azou and bronze medallists from Norway Kristogger Brun and Are Strandli.

Curtis Rapley, James Lassche, Alistair Bond and James Hunter will be looking to regain New Zealand’s top dog status in the men’s lightweight four after the crew finished the season with silver at the 2014 world championships after taking two world cup wins throughout the season. The men’s lightweight four has 17 entries and the world champion crew from Denmark has just one crew change, as does the New Zealand crew with Alistair Bond replacing Peter Taylor in the boat.

The New Zealand women’s quad crew of Erin-Monique O’Brien, Lucy Spoors, Georgia Perry and Sarah Gray remained unchanged from the 2014 season where they finished fifth at the world championships. They will expect some tight racing amongst the 10 entries, with Germany leading the charge as the world champions and boating two crews, China also brings fierce competition with two crew entries.

There are 13 entries in the men’s quad, the crew of Karl Manson, George Bridgewater, John Storey and Jade Uru will hope to make an impression in Olympic qualifying year.

It has been two years since New Zealand entered a women’s eight at a world rowing regatta, and the crew is being stroked by Kelsey Bevan who was setting the rhythm in the 2013 women’s eight. The kiwi crew will be up against six other crews. Women’s pair rowers Kerri Gowler and Grace Prendergast will sit out of this boat for the second world cup, but reserves Ashlee Rowe and Kristen Froude come into the crew in their place. Fast and furious racing will come from USA who are the current Olympic and world champions, Canada who were the 2014 silver medallists, and the Chinese eight who took home the bronze.

New Zealand has not fielded a men’s eight at the elite level since 2012 where they crew of the day attempted to qualify for the Olympics. This men’s eight has talent with eight of nine of the double under-23 world champion eight crew members from 2013 and 2014. There are 10 entries in the men’s eight including China, France, Great Britain, Poland, USA, and two crews from Germany and Italy.

Zoe McBride and Jackie Kiddle will contest the women’s lightweight single event that has a total of 14 scullers competing.

Adam Ling will represent New Zealand in the men’s lightweight single against 19 scullers from across the world including the world champion from Italia Marcello Miani.

New Zealand Rowers have won 138 World Cup medals since 1997 when Rob Waddell won the first bronze in Lucerne. Overall 75 of those medals were Gold, 42 Silver and 21 Bronze medals at World Cup events.

Results will be available on World Rowing – http://www.worldrowing.com/events/2015-world-rowi...

Live coverage will be available on Sky TV NZ –

World Rowing Cup II - Live - Sun, 21 June 2015 21:35pm SKY Sport 3
World Rowing Cup II - Replay - Mon, 22 June 2015 06:00am SKY Sport 1
World Rowing Cup II - Highlights - Mon, 22 June 2015 16:30pm SKY Sport 4
World Rowing Cup II - Highlights - Mon, 22 June 2015 21:30pm SKY Sport 3
World Rowing Cup II - Highlights - Tues, 23 June 2015 5:30am SKY Sport 1
World Rowing Cup II - Highlights - Tues, 23 June 2015 10:00am SKY Sport 3
World Rowing Cup II - Highlights - Thurs, 25 June 2015 09:00am SKY Sport 4
World Rowing Cup II - Highlights - Fri, 26 June 2015 09:30am SKY Sport 4
World Rowing Cup II - Highlights - Sat, 27 June 2015 2:00am SKY Sport 3