Coach back hard at work
There is little rest for hard-working Southland rowing coach John O'Connor.
O'Connor returned on Wednesday from a stint overseas where he was coaching the New Zealand women's quad at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.
It was his second stint at a World Junior Championships after also being on hand as part of the New Zealand coaching setup last year.
O'Connor is straight back into work with Southland rowers this weekend leading a talent identification camp.
He said yesterday another stint coaching at a international level was a good experience although he was disappointed his crew didn't finish where he would have liked.
They made the A-final but missed out on a medal.
"I thought they might have been capable of better. They were doing better times than last year but the opposition was going that little bit faster," he said.
O'Connor would love to head to a third world junior championship next year, which will be held in Hamburg, Germany, but it will depend on circumstances.
He will need to again be selected as a coach by Rowing New Zealand but, more importantly, it would have to work in with his work commitments.
To coach with the New Zealand team he is required to take three months unpaid leave from his job.
In the meantime O'Connor's focus will centre of Southland rowers and ensure they are ready for the coming New Zealand domestic season.
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