Southland's dynamic duo bag bronze medals in Linz

Southlanders Lisa Owen and Kristen Froude have won bronze medals at the under-23 World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria.

Affiliated to the Waihopai Rowing Club, Owen and Froude were in New Zealand teams at the championships, which finished on Sunday.

Owen and Marlborough's Sophie Mackenzie rowed in the double sculls and determinedly held out the challenge of fourth-placed Romania. Froude's parents were in Linz to watch their daughter finish third in the coxless four.

Owen's parents, Chris and Paula, watched updates and listened to the commentary of the double sculls final on the internet at their Otatara home.

"We had family and friends with us and it got quite noisy in the last few minutes of the race," Mr Owen said. "It was emotionally exhausting."

Lisa Owen has put her university studies on hold to compete at the championships. She and Froude began training with the New Zealand team at Lake Karapiro, Cambridge, in April and travelled to Austria on July 9 to acclimatise to the Austrian summer.

Waihopai Rowing Club president Terry Reeves described Owen and Froude's medals as "outstanding" achievements.

"We got good rowers down here and we've had some amazing results in the last five or six years," Reeves said.

"We've got some bloody good coaches [in Southland]."

The Southland Times