Gold has Duff ready

ILUKA rower Kylie Duff has set up a national trial shootout after claiming twin golds at last month's Australian Rowing Championships and Interstate Regatta in Adelaide.

The 25-year-old, who moved to Sydney on a scholarship in 2008, beat some of the nation's finest to win the women's open light double and quad sculls.

The victory sets up a shot at the World Championships at next week's national trials in Penrith.

“I'm confident I would be up amongst the top half of the girls (in Penrith),” said Duff, who hoped to qualify for the quad sculls.

“My goal is to be in the top four.”

Duff grew up in Iluka and attended Maclean High School before Sydney University came calling.

She is now studying a Masters in rehabilitation counselling.

“The facilities and coaching is great and allows you to improve so much,” Duff said.

“There's no big money in rowing but they make sure you are looked after if you have to travel anywhere.”

Duff recently returned home for a friend's wedding in Yamba, and said she hoped to make the journey more often.

Only if her rowing allowed it.

“I have a lot of friends and family from that area so although I don't get back as often as I'd like I try and come back,” she said.

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