HUMBLE: Australian Masters Rowing champion from Maclean, Harold Kratz. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
HUMBLE: Australian Masters Rowing champion from Maclean, Harold Kratz. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

Harold Kratz is senior sportsperson of the month

SENIOR SPORTSPERSON OF THE MONTH: HE GOES about his rowing and coaching without seeking recognition.

However, we at The Daily Examiner believe Harold Kratz is the ideal candidate for Jetts Fitness Senior Sportsperson of the Month.

"I feel a bit shocked," Kratz said. "This sort of thing should go to someone else."

Kratz tirelessly helps out Lower Clarence Rowing Club with coaching duties from the safety boat every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon and has put mountains of effort into the sport since 1948.

But at 88 years young, Kratz continues to achieve big things as a rower himself. Last year alone he picked up three gold medals at the Australian Masters Rowing Championships in Adelaide.

He was subsequently named 2014 Master of the Year by the NSW Union of Rowers for his "outstanding contribution to Masters rowing and his dedication to the ideals of the sport over the decades".

As the sportsperson winner for January, he is shortlisted for Clarence Valley Sportsperson of the Year and, as a Masters athlete, the Masters Sports Award at the Clarence Valley Sports Awards in November.

Kratz has been a regular medallist at Masters rowing events since first competing at World Masters in 1994 and shows no signs of slowing down just yet

"I rowed 22 kilometres at Murwillumbah the year before last. I'm not frightened to row that distance."



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