Veteran rower Hazel has her moments

NSW Masters rowing


IT wasn't a 'seniors moment' that caused Maclean veteran rower Hazel Kratz to forget which events she won medals in.

After competing in six events in two days, the spritely 76-year-old, who won two gold, a silver and bronze, was 'buggered'.

Interviewed fresh from her bronze medal effort in the women's F double scull, the still breathless Hazel found recalling just what she had medalled in too tough an ask.

But typically of this competition plenty of passers-by were only too happy to chip in.

With a little bit of prompting they were able to come up with an impressive tally of gold medals in the mixed F eights on Saturday, another gold in the mixed F fours, silver in the women's F quads to add to her bronze won late yesterday.

Hazel readily admitted that at her age competing in six events over the weekend was tough, but she was happy to do her bit for the Maclean team.

Hazel, married to Lower Clarence rowing legend Harold Kratz, who coached the Maclean team, is a comparative latecomer to the sport.

In the early days of her marriage she complained that she never saw Harold, who seemed to be constantly away from home on rowing duties.

"If I wanted to see him, I had to to take up rowing," she said.

"In about 1968 or 69 I began rowing and have been doing it ever since."

The pair have teamed up in Masters events winning many medals in State and National competitions, with their best effort a silver in the World Masters games.

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