Southlander sways selectors with silver medal

17:17, Jul 30 2010
Genevieve Behrent
SWEET WATER SUCCESS: Waihopai Rowing Club's Genevieve Behrent back at the Oreti River with the silver medal that she won at the world under-23 rowing championships in Belarus on Sunday morning.

Just a couple of years after taking up the sport of rowing, Genevieve Behrent will state her case next week for inclusion in the New Zealand squad to compete at this year's world championships.

The 19-year-old is one of five Southlanders who remain in the running to compete at November's world rowing championships at Lake Karapiro.

Rowing New Zealand named a squad of 64 rowers this week to take part in the final trial at Lake Karapiro next week.

Behrent's name was included in that list after she was part of the New Zealand eight that won silver at the under-23 world championships in Belarus.

The New Zealand eight was sent to Belarus with development in mind but they exceeded all expectations by winning the silver medal.

"We were told before we went it was a about development for us but that sort of made us more determined to do well." Behrent said.

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"I've never been more excited before," she said about picking up the silver medal on the world stage.

The success in Belarus has resulted in the under-23 eight being included in next week's final trial, suggesting they loom as a bolter crew to be selected for this year's world championships.

However, Behrent was not too sure what the situation was at the moment.

"We don't really know what the selectors are thinking," she said.

Behrent returned home from Belarus on Wednesday to spend a few days in Invercargill before she heads to Rowing NZ's base in Cambridge tomorrow for next week's trials.

Genevieve's younger brother Ollie is in the Czech Republic bracing himself for the world junior rowing championships, which start on Thursday.

As expected Southland's Jade Uru, Storm Uru and Nathan Cohen have also been included in the trails after performing well for New Zealand at recent World Cup regattas in Europe.

Waihopai Rowing Club member Louise Ayling could probably regard herself as unlucky to not get the opportunity to compete in the World Cup meets in Europe.

However, the lightweight rower will get the chance next week at the trials to put her best case for-ward for world championship inclusion.

The national selectors will on Friday name the squad to compete at the world rowing championships.

The Southland Times