No place for gold medalists in rowing team

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 13:48 07/03/2013
Waikato Times

The New Zealand rowing team for the Sydney World Cup regatta named today included some new and renewed combinations in the womens sculls.

Hamish Bond and Eric Murray
MICHAEL BRADLEY/Fairfax NZ
GOLDEN DUO OUT: Hamish Bond and Eric Murray weren't named when Rowing New Zealand announced its first team of the year today.

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A strong women's contingent under coach Dick Tonks was the feature of the Rowing New Zealand team named at Lake Karapiro today.

Seven women's boats under Tonks' guidance are poised to contest the opening  World Cup regatta of 2013 in Sydney from MarcGold medh 22-24.

London Olympic bronze medalist Rebecca Scown will team up with new crewmate Kayla Pratt in the women's pair, with Pratt replacing the retired Juliette Haigh from the boat that finished third at Eton Dorney.

Emma Twigg remains in the single sculls boat despite some impressive performances this season in the pair with Scown, while Rowing NZ has also named a young women's eight to compete in Sydney, with the long-term goal for most of the crews named being the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro.

Fiona Bourke and Zoe Stevenson form a new doubles combination after Anna  Reymer and Fi Paterson represented NZ at the London Olympics, while Louise Ayling will contest the lightweight single sculls with Julia Edward and Lucy Strack team up again for the first time since 2010 in the lightweight double.

Five men's boats were named, but the unbeaten men's pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray won't be competing in Sydney.

The gold medalists in London will continue to train under new coach Noel Donaldson and contest the remaining two World Cup regattas in Europe later this year before the world champs in South Korea at the end of August.

There was no place in the team for another Olympic gold medalist in Joseph Sullivan, with his winning crewmate in London, Nathan Cohen, selected in the men's quad sculls boat.

The selection panel also opted not to name an entrant for the men's single sculls event, with Mahe Drysdale not due back in the boat until later this year ahead of the world champs.

Robbie Manson and Michael Arms have been rewarded for their strong form this summer by being named together in the double scull, while a lightweight four featuring London bronze medalist Peter Taylor and a coxless four were also selected for Sydney.

 

NZ Rowing team

Women

Lightweight single scull - Louise Ayling. Coach - Dick Tonks.

Lightweight double scull - Julia Edward, Lucy Strack. Coach - Dick Tonks.

Single scull - Emma Twigg. Coach - Gary Hay.

Double scull - Fiona Bourke, Zoe Stevenson. Coach - Dick Tonks.

Coxless pair - Rebecca Scown, Kayla Pratt. Coach - Gary Hay.

Quad - Erin-Monique Shelton, Genevieve Armstrong, Georgia Perry, Sarah Gray. Coach - Dick Tonks.

Eight - Kelsey Bevan, Genevieve Behrent, Eve Macfarlane, Jessica Loe, Kerri  Gowler, Grace Prendergast, Robyn Munro, Linda Matthews, cox Laura Campbell. Coach - Dick Tonks.

Men

Lightweight single scull - Duncan Grant. Coach - Calvin Ferguson

Double scull - Robbie Manson, Michael Arms. Coach - Calvin Ferguson.

Coxless pair - Hamish Bond, Eric Murray. Coach - Noel Donaldson.

Coxless four - Bobby Kells, Adam Tripp, Tobias Wehr-Candler, Jade Uru. Coach - Noel Donaldson.

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Quad - Hayden Cohen, Nathan Flannery, Fergus Fauvel, Nathan Cohen. Coach - Calvin Ferguson.

Lightweight coxless four - Curtis Rapley, Peter Taylor, James Hunter, James Lassche. Coach - Dave Thompson.

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