World Rowing Championships in New Zealand

Its been an awesome weekend for New Zealand sport with the New Zealand Rowing team winning ten medals at the World Championships which have been held at Lake Karapiro, Cambridge New Zealand. Three Golds, Three Silvers and Four Bronzes.

By all accounts the organisors have done a stunning job of running the championships. Yesterday morning (Saturday) after our 5km time trial a few of us loaded up our kayaks and headed down to watch the rowing. Amongst the highlights in which there were many we found in particular the mens pairs to be something else – an absolute ball breaker of a race. As psychological as it was physical it came right down to the wire with only .3 of a second over six and a half minutes separating the highly respected British crew and our boys who took the title.

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Mens pair Hamish Bond and Eric Murray

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The womens pair of Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown administered a severe beating to the rest of the world to win by a convincing margin.

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In the Womens single Scull Emma Twig from New Zealand won her first World Championship medal to take the bronze with Multiple World Championship title holder and Olympic Bronze medalist Mahe Drysdale taking the Silver after a difficult campaign managing a back injury. Needless to say the atmosphere was something special.

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On the way home we pulled over at Mercer and Troy and I enjoyed the Waikato river for our last training session of the week. A very nice way to round out a memorable day.

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