Otago row­ers im­press

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By MAR­JORIE COOK

from Appalling weather at the NZ Masters Row­ing Cham­pi­onships at Kara­piro did not stop a hardy bunch of Otago row­ers from claim­ing a large swag of medals.

Wanaka’s Amanda Inkster and Cromwell’s Natalie Wilson were among the five Otago women who toughed out the squally con­di­tions to win four golds, four sil­vers and three bronze medals.

They also claimed the Tri Se­ries women ti­tles in the eight and cox­less quad.

The ex­pe­ri­ence was in­valu­able for Inkster, who com­petes next week with mem­bers of the Port Chalmers club at the World Masters Row­ing Cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne.

The worlds only come to the South­ern Hemi­sphere ev­ery eight years.

Inkster said rac­ing was con­tin­u­ally de­layed on the Satur­day due to high cross winds and rain.

Sev­eral crews cap­sized in the morn­ing and rac­ing was fi­nally restarted over a short­ened 500m course.

‘‘Thank­fully there were beau­ti­ful con­di­tions on Sun­day with all rac­ing go­ing to sched­ule over the full 1000m course.

‘‘One of the clos­est races of the week­end was the fi­nal of the women’s C dou­ble sculls with the win­ning crew just un­der a length ahead of the next four crews, fight­ing for sec­ond place. It was a very close call,’’ Inkster said. The re­sult was de­cided by video cam­era with Inkster and Port Chalmers rower Michelle John­son just pipped for sil­ver by a Mercer crew and hav­ing to be con­tent with bronze.

Inkster, Wilson and John­son were in the South Is­land ladies’ eight that won the Tri Se­ries ti­tle, an an­nual race be­tween South Is­land, North Is­land and Aus­tralian teams.

Two Port Chalmers row­ers, Robyn Cameron and Imo­gen Cox­head, were in the win­ning Tri Se­ries ladies cox­less quad.

Inkster said the Aus­tralians did not com­pete this year as they are con­cen­trat­ing on the up­com­ing worlds event.


Masters medal­lists: left Otago row­ers Robyn Cameron, Michelle John­son (both Port Chalmers), Amanda Inkster (Wanaka), Imo­gen Cox­head (Port Chalmers), and Natalie Wilson (Cromwell) at Kara­piro.

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