Recharged Louise Trappitt back with Rio in sight

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 05:00 07/03/2014

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Louise Trappitt is on track to banish her horrible memories of the London Olympics.

Trappitt was yesterday named in the New Zealand women's pair with veteran Rebecca Scown for three World Cup regattas and the world champs. She replaces Kayla Pratt in the boat that won bronze at last year's world champs, with Pratt only named as a non-travelling reserve.

The 28-year-old took a year out of the sport at the highest level after she suffered a broken oar in the repecharge for the women's quad in London, which saw the Kiwi crew eliminated.

"I had a difficult season coming off the Olympics," Trappitt admitted.

"The same passion and drive wasn't there. If I was to make it to Rio, I knew I needed a year off."

Trappitt said it was "the right decision to make" after winning the pairs title with Scown at the recent national champs and impressing in seat racing at the national trials at Lake Karapiro.

She also needed time to fix an ongoing shoulder problem and was a non-travelling reserve last year while also working 35 hours a week at a winery in Blenheim "filling huge tanks and lugging hoses around".

"There was no pressure, and I learnt to love the sport again," said Trappitt, whose partner John Storey was named in the New Zealand men's quad.

"If you are confident, you can thrive in the environment. But the knocks can push you down and that was one of the reasons why I needed the time off last time."

She and Scown will be part of a small squad named for the opening World Cup regatta of 2013 in Sydney later this month before heading to Europe.

She now has a spot at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro back in her sights - although she doesn't want to think that far ahead yet.

"I really try not to believe it until it happens," she said.

"In this sport, anything can happen."

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