Three new crews for final World Cup regatta

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 12:15 01/07/2014
IN FORM: Julia Edward will again compete in the lightweight single scull at the third and final World Cup regatta in Lucerne next week.
Getty Images
IN FORM: Julia Edward will again compete in the lightweight single sculls at the third and final World Cup regatta in Lucerne next week.

Relevant offers

Other Sports

New Zealand rowers looking good for Rio Olympics after World Cup medal haul One-armed wildcard Bethany Hamilton topples top Australian surfers in Fiji Sarah Walker crash caps bleak weekend for Olympic cycling aspirants Paralympians mark 100 days to Rio with carnival splash of colour Joseph Parker's handlers talk tough as prospect of fight with Britain's David Haye raised Sam Gaze continues strong form in bid for Rio Olympic mountainbike spot Trio for Rio set to make history: Estonian triplets head to the Olympics Aaron Gate wins second successive green jersey on Tour of Ireland Mahe Drysdale scores big win at World Cup as Kiwis lead medal tally in Lucerne New Zealand women's K4 team win bronze at World Cup canoe sprint in Racice

Three new crews will feature for Rowing New Zealand at the the third and final World Cup regatta in Lucerne next week.

Julia Edward will again contest the women's lightweight single scull event after regular crewmate Lucy Strack decided to withdraw from the rest of the international season after struggling with form.

Edward switched to the lightweight single at the second World Cup regatta in France last month and won gold.

She will return to the lightweight double however for the world champs in Amsterdam in late August, where she will be teamed with Sophie MacKenzie, who will make the jump from the under-23 women's lightweight double. MacKenzie will first compete at the under-23 world championships in Varese, Italy in late July before joining up with Edward to train for Amsterdam.

There will be two New Zealand women's coxless pairs competing at Lucerne - the elite pair of Rebecca Scown and Louise Trappitt will be joined by the highly-promising u-23 combination of Kerri Gowler and Grace Prendergast.

The under-23 men's eight will also gain further elite experience by contesting the Lucerne regatta from July 11-13.

The young Kiwi eight won bronze at the sparsely-attended opening World Cup regatta of the year in Sydney in March and are aiming to defend their 2013 under-23 World Championship title in Varese.

New Zealand will field 13 boats in Lucerne - women's single scull, women's lightweight single scull, two women's pairs, women's double scull, women's quad, men's single scull, men's pair, men's double scull, men's lightweight double, men's lightweight four, men's quad and men's eight.

''We believe this international elite racing will give the under-23 rowers some fantastic experience heading into the under-23 world championship regatta,'' said Rowing New Zealand high performance manager Alan Cotter.

''Our focus is certainly shifting ahead to Rio and potentially some of these young rowers might be competing at the elite level next year in the hope to qualify boats for the 2016 Olympics.''

New Zealand sits second on the World Cup series standings with 81 points, behind Australia in first with 91 points.

The under-23 men's eight and under-23 women's coxless pair will depart New Zealand on Friday.


Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content