Timaru rowers into national finals

21:34, Feb 20 2013
james walker
FINALIST: Timaru single sculler James Walker wins his semi-final heat in the men's club single at the 2013 NZ Rowing Championships at Lake Ruataniwha.

It was a busy first hour for Timaru single sculler James Walker during semi-final morning at the National Rowing Championships on Lake Ruataniwha this morning.

The 16-year-old raced twice in 75 minutes, progressing to one final and narrowly missing out on another.

He backed-up his heat victory on Tuesday in the men's club single to easily win his semi-final by three seconds. His time of 7.37.19 was fifth fastest across both semi-finals.

Walker just missed out on the A final of the mens under 20 single in his first race of the morning. Needing a top three finish, he managed fourth in a time of 7.39.29, two seconds outside a spot in the final. The semi-final was won by former Timaru rower Cameron Crampton.

The mens novice double of Sam Dick and Sam Thomson eased their way into the A final in a time of 7.47.19. They were second during the early stages of the race before settling for third, with the top four crews progressing.

The womens club double of Renee Olley and Erica Taylor were amongst a tight bunch jostling for a top four spot to progress to the A final. They continued to lift their rating throughout to secure third in a time of 7.55.08, with former Roncalli rower Heather Livesey and her Waihopai teammate Georgia Yaxley taking second.

Timaru crews will be in two A finals this afternoon with the women's club coxed eight the best chance of a medal after winning their heat narrowly on Tuesday against the same opposition.

The men's novice coxed quad would be an outside chance of a medal.


The Timaru Herald