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Ready to Row in Rio

Cambridge rower Ben Kirsop has been named in the New Zealand squad to compete in August’s 2015 World Rowing Junior Championships in Brazil.

Kirsop, who rows for Cambridge High School (CHS) will row in the men’s under 19 quad and is believed to be the first Cambridge High School rower to make the New Zealand Junior Squad.

The Cambridge Edition has been a major sponsor of CHS rowing for the past four years.

Friday’s announcement from Rowing New Zealand named 22 athletes for the squad.

The August 6-9 regatta in Rio de Janiero will be a test event for the 2016 Olympic Games organisers.

The New Zealand team will comprise a men’s single scull, women’s quadruple scull, women’s coxless four, men’s coxed four and men’s quadruple scull.

Travelling reserve crews to compete in the women’s double scull, men’s double scull, women’s pair and men’s pair have also been named, along with three coaches.

Those who made the cut did so after a week-long trial that included 2km ERG testing and seat trials at Lake Karapiro.

Rowing New Zealand high performance director Alan Cotter said the 2015 junior team was a strong one.

‘‘These athletes have the ability and with some good training behind them they will be competitive,’’ Cotter said.

‘‘We certainly have high expectations of all crews we select to represent our country, and we would like to see all of our junior crews make the A final, and go on to win medals.’’

He said the junior rowers would have an amazing experience in Rio.

‘‘It’s exciting for our junior competitors to test out facilities which will be used by athletes during the 2016 Olympics. We hope it provides them with extra inspiration to succeed on the world stage.’’

Cotter is impressed with Rio’s Olympic preparations for rowing so far – despite news that 33 tonnes of dead fish had been removed recently from the venue.

‘‘The test event provides a great opportunity to see first-hand how rowing operates in the Rio environment.

‘‘We believe the junior event will provide assurance that there will be no surprises for our elite team when they head to the Olympic Games next year.’’

Article: Cambridge Edition
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