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Two bronze for junior rowers

  • 11 Aug 14

Kiwi junior crews have come away with two bronze medals at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Hamburg, Germany. The regatta boat park was buzzing in preparation for finals day where New Zealand crews contested three A finals as well as two B finals. The kiwis won bronze medals in the men’s coxed four and men’s quad as well as gaining sixth in the women’s quad, seventh in the women’s double and eighth in the women’s four.

The New Zealand men’s coxed four began the A final right in the mix with both Great Britian and last years world champions, Italy. Through the middle of the race the British and Italian crews began to push each other with Italy launching a huge move to row away just after the 1000 metre mark. The British mananged to hold off the kiwis in the second half and the finishing order was decided - Italy won gold, Great Britain silver and New Zealand bronze.

In the A final of the junior men’s quad the New Zealanders lagged a little out of the start but soon made their way past Slovenia and into third place. They sat clearly in the third position throughout the race as Germany and Great Britain battled it out in front for the top two spots. Jack O’Leary was the only remaining member of last years silver medal crew and this year the quad finished a clear third winning a bronze medal in a time of 6:54.96.

The New Zealand junior women’s quad had also earnt their spot in the A final. Germany and China led the field with a quick first quarter, from here the kiwis struggled to hold onto the fast pace but had their own battle with the Netherlands and Romania. Finding the pace just a little too hot the kiwi quad finished sixth in the A final and sixth in the overall event ranking.

Reserves Hannah Bailey and Luka Ellery rowed a perfectly timed race in the B final of the junior women’s double. The duo worked their way from third to second and finally took the lead in the last quarter of the race to finish in first ahead of South Africa and Lithuania and gain an overall placing of seventh.

The women’s four bravely pushed into the lead in their B final on Sunday and led right throughout the middle of the race. In the final quarter Great Britain started to apply pressure to the kiwis who were determined to hang on. The two crews went stroke for stroke but Great Britain managed to just get their nose in front as the crews crossed the line. The kiwis took second giving them a final ranking of eighth in their event.

On Saturday, the men’s reserves raced the C final of the men’s double where they battled it out with the British crew finally finishing in second place giving them an overall regatta ranking of fourteenth.

Three of these junior athletes, Jackie Gowler, Renee Olley and Jack O’Leary will now continue training in preparation for the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing China between 16 – 28 August. Gowler and Olley will race in the women’s coxless pair while O’Leary will contest the men’s single scull.

New Zealand Junior Rowing Team competing at the Junior World Rowing Championships Hamburg, Germany

Junior Women’s Quad Scull

Georgia Allen (Hamilton Girls High School)

Georgia Nugent O’Leary (Nga Tawa Diocesan School)

Nadja Hyson (Wairau Rowing Club, Central RPC)

Samantha Voss (St Peters School)

Mark Stallard (Coach)

Junior Women’s Coxless Four

Ella Pudney (Chilton St James)

Beth Ross (Chilton St James)

Jackie Gowler (Nga Tawa Diocesan School)

Renee Olley (Craighead Diocesan School)

Mark Stallard (Coach)

Junior Men’s Coxed Four

Edwin Laver (Napier Boys High School)

Hugo Elworthy (Christs College)

William Morris-Whyte (Rangiora High School)

Tom Mackintosh (Lindisfarne College)

Cox: Matt Wylie (Auckland Grammar School)

Bruce Jones (Coach)

Junior Men’s Quad Scull

Sean Ducray (Waimea College)

Olly Stephens (Nelson College)

Ari Palsson (Whakatane High School)

Jack O’Leary (Kavanagh College)

Bruce Jones (Coach)

Junior Men’s Reserve (Travelling)

Phillip Wilson (Wellington College)

Tom Clyma (Christchurch Boys High School)

Bruce Jones (Coach)

Junior Women’s Reserve (Travelling)

Hannah Bailey (Otago University)

Luka Ellery (Te Awamutu College)

Mark Stallard (Coach)

Team Manager

Sonya Walker

New Zealand Junior Rowing Team to attend Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing, China

Junior Women’s Pair

Jackie Gowler (Nga Tawa College)

Renee Olley (Craighead Diocesan)

Mark Stallard (Coach)

Junior Men’s Single

Jack O’Leary (Kavanagh College)

Mark Stallard (Coach)

Non Travelling Reserves Junior Women’s Pair

Ella Pudney (Chilton St James)

Beth Ross (Chilton St James)

Junior Men’s Single – Training at home

James Walker (Timaru Boys High School)

Mark Stallard (Coach)