Brothers battle for bragging rights at Maadi Cup

18:34, Mar 27 2014
Ben and Taylor Worthington-Thin
BEST OF BROTHERS: Timaru Boys’ High School novice rowers Ben (left) and Taylor Worthington-Thin have had to leave their brotherly love on the shore and be competitors on the water at this year’s Maadi Cup.

Big brother may have trumped little brother yesterday at the Maadi Cup but for Taylor and Ben Worthington-Thin, it's all in a day's work.

The Timaru Boys' High School first year rowers competed against each other in one semifinal of the under-18 novice double sculls yesterday on Lake Ruataniwha.

With the top four progressing to the A final, it was 17-year-old Taylor, paired with Cameron Hayes, who grabbed the crucial fourth place, beating 15-year-old brother Ben, who had to settle for fifth with his partner Regan Small, by three seconds.

While Taylor got the edge yesterday, he admitted his younger brother still had a big part to play in him making it to his first Maadi Cup A final.

"He followed me back into the sport," Ben said.

"I'd tried it first when I was Ben's age and didn't enjoy it but I came down and gave it another go and I've really enjoyed it," Taylor said.


"Maybe I have a different attitude and more dedication now that I'm older. We have a good rivalry and it keeps everyone on track, that's for sure."

Ben said rowing had caught his attention in many ways.

"I was into the fitness side of it and the chance to perform at big events like the Maadi."

Both brothers have friends who row and who also pushed them towards the sport.

Taylor said he and Hayes look to work their way into races and try to keep calm as other crews push forward. It's that sort of thinking that should ensure he has a successful debut A final appearance.

The Timaru Herald