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