Young scullers delighted at world champs win
Julia Edward found it impossible to disguise her unbounded joy.
And why not? The bubbly 23-year-old had just completed a most remarkable season with a world championship gold medal.
Edward teamed up with 22-year-old Sophie MacKenzie to triumph in the women's lightweight double scull final in Amsterdam yesterday morning (NZ time).
"I'm so, so excited," Edward said shortly after winning the A final in a new world's best time for the event.
"It's a really good vibe here. It's crazy to think a little girl from Rotorua could do it. I'm over the moon.
"It's unbelievable ... it's everything we train for and everything we hope to achieve."
Edward had earlier this season won two World Cup single scull golds in Europe, but few gave her a chance of finishing on top of the podium in Amsterdam as part of a new crew.
In yesterday's final, they timed their race perfectly, winning in a time of 6min 48.56sec. That put them two seconds clear of runners-up Canada, with China claiming bronze.
The gold was New Zealand's fourth of the regatta, to go with a bronze, with the final day of A finals this morning (NZ time).
The women's pair of Rebecca Scown and Louise Trappitt took bronze yesterday behind Great Britain and the United States.
Four New Zealand boats were to compete in the remaining A finals on the last day of the champs.
Single scullers Emma Twigg and Mahe Drysdale were to chase gold in their events, along with the women's double scull crew of Zoe Stevenson and Fiona Bourke and the men's lightweight four.