Rowers face oars across the ditch
A NEW Zealand sojourn is the first of many waves awaiting four Clarence Valley youngsters as part of the Australian Rowing NTID Development Squad.
Following the NTID Rowing Camp at the AIS in Canberra, and the subsequent selection trials for the Australian Junior Rowing Team, the North Coast Academy of Sport’s (NCAS) Riley Elvery, Sarah Jones, Leah Saunders and Johanna Tarrant won a place.
Elvery and Saunders are from Maclean with Jones and Tarrant living in Grafton.
The squad will convene in Canberra for a pre-departure camp on May 13 before boarding the flight across the Tasman on the 18th.
While there the squad will compete against New Zealand in a three-day High Performance Regatta at Lake Karapiro Hamilton from May 21-23.
Lake Karapiro is the venue for November’s World Rowing Championships.
NCAS executive director John Kincade said the quartet’s selection was due recognition.
“Outstanding results at both state and National Championships has clearly brought the academy’s rowing program to the attention of the national selectors,” he said.
“Isaac Bolton followed up on his second place in 2009 by winning the 2010 Australian Schoolboy’s Single Scull Championship of Australia in March in an outstanding individual performance.
“The academy is delivering a high quality rowing program to the Northern Rivers, utilising not only the excellent local coaches, but also supplementing this with visiting national coaches.”
NCAS currently delivers Sport Talent Enhancement Programs (STEPs) to identified junior North Coast athletes across 15 sports including basketball, BMX, cycling, golf, hockey, bowls, netball, rugby, life saving and triathlon.
NCAS is one of 11 NSW regional academies which creates development pathway opportunities for emerging athletes.
“Outstanding results has clearly brought the academy’s rowing program to the attention of the national selectors.”