Froude joins list of Southlanders to row for NZ

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 18/10/2012

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You can only but marvel at the Southland rowing production line - it just keeps churning them out.

The Southland Rowing Association has added yet another young rower to the growing list of New Zealand representatives from the province with the inclusion of Kristen Froude in the national team for the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney in January.

Froude follows a host of other Southland rowers who have represented New Zealand in recent years, including Olympic medallists Nathan Cohen and Storm Uru.

To qualify for the national team, Froude had to take part in trials last weekend. Those trials involved the James Hargest College year 13 pupil racing in pairs and singles events to be one of just eight rowers selected.

The national selection follows Froude's recent selection into the Southern Regional Performance Centre (RPC South), earning a New Zealand under-19 trial in April, and an outstanding Maadi Cup Secondary School Championships regatta in March.

Froude also claimed an impressive two silvers, and four senior gold medals with the Waihopai Rowing Club at the national championships in February.

The Australian Youth Olympic Festival is an established multi-sport event.

With the International Olympic Committee's introduction of the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010, the Australian Olympic Committee has decided to host the Australian Youth Olympic Festival every four years as well.

Next year's event will be held from January 16 to 20.

The festival's rowing competition will be held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith, west of the city.

At the Olympic Games in 2000, New Zealand's Rob Waddell won gold at the Penrith site.

Fisa will also hold next year's opening Rowing World Cup at the Sydney centre - and the start of the next Olympic cycle - in March.

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- © Fairfax NZ News

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