Pracey rows with good tech­nique

Central Leader - - MILESTONES - SI­MON SMITH

Five years of early morn­ing starts and hard row­ing is pay­ing off for Carl Pracey.

The 18-year-old is in the eight­man boat to com­pete at the World Row­ing Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in Rot­ter­dam this Au­gust.

It is the first time in eight years that New Zealand has sent an eight to the event, Pracey says.

Be­fore head­ing to the world champs, the pair will at­tend a sixweek train­ing camp at the Row­ing New Zealand High Per­for­mance Cen­tre at Lake Kara­piro.

Pracey says when he first started the sport at Mount Al­bert Gram­mar School in 2011 he wasn’t a great rower, but he had good tech­nique so was made stroke seat at the stern of the boat.

It’s an im­por­tant po­si­tion as the other row­ers fol­low his rhythm, pace and race plan.

The New Zealand team will not be the strong­est at the world champs so will fo­cus on row­ing in syn­ergy, the Ti­ti­rangi res­i­dent says.

‘‘If some­one is out a quar­ter of a blade then the boat is heav­ier than it should be.’’

Pracey has to pay the $10,500 cost of com­pet­ing him­self and has set up a Givealit­tle page to help.

‘‘If some­one is out a quar­ter of a blade then the boat is heav­ier than it should be’’ Carl Pracey

PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

It will be Carl Pracey’s first time rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand when he mans the oars this Au­gust.

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