Picton Rowing Club supporters with the banner they have made up in support of their favourite son and clubmate, Olympian Joseph Sullivan. Getting hyped up for the Olympic regatta are from left, Sullivan's first coach Dave Bugler, Shirley Timms, Laura Harvey, Caitlan Harvey, Gemma O'Rourke, 97-year-old Eric McIsaac, Alan Harvey, John Norton, Jim Anderson and Vic Chandler.
Picton rowing club spokeswoman Susan O'Rourke said there was a lot of excitement and anticipation about Sullivan's chances in the double scull event in London with his crewmate Nathan Cohen. As defending two-time world champions, they are one of the favourites to win gold.
O'Rourke said, "We just wanted to show our support and let everyone know we've got a Picton rower over in London. Joseph has been fiercely loyal to the Picton Rowing Club. It's so exciting every time his name is read out at a regatta and it says he's from Picton. Joseph has a lot of support, not only in Picton but around New Zealand."
O'Rourke said the club was planning a function to watch the double scull A final on Thursday, August 2, and plans were afoot for the the banner wording to be slightly altered if he did win a medal.
- The Marlborough Express