Marlborough-based rowers will be primed and ready when the World Rowing Championships begin in Linz, Austria next week.
The champs run from August 25 until September 1 and provide the opportunity for international rowers to not only pick up world titles, but also to qualify their country’s crews for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.
Rowers allied to Marlborough clubs Wairau and Blenheim include single sculler Robbie Manson; Tom Murray, who races the men’s pair alongside Michael Brake; Harrison Somerville, in the men’s lightweight double with Matt Dunham; Ian Seymour, part of the men’s four; Ella Greenslade, a member of the women’s eight; and Kirstyn Goodger who will crew the women’s quad.
Also in contention to taste the action in Linz is Angus McFarlane, a late call-up to the men’s reserves for the world champs.
Wairau’s Sophie Mackenzie, previously selected in the women’s lightweight single scull for the 2019 season, will not compete due to injury.
Somerville is excited about the forthcoming challenge.
“Our build-up has been going really well,” he said. “We have been seeing a lot of promising speed.”
“Emotions for now are pretty calm. We still have some time to train so I am mainly trying to stay calm and focussed on being as well prepared as I can be for the regatta.”
Marion Horwell, from the Central Rowing Performance Centre, based in Marlborough, will coach the women’s four, while Mark Stallard, Central RPC head coach, takes care of the men’s quad.
The NZ team will comprise 53 athletes and 17 support staff, joining nearly 1200 athletes from 80 nations.