Rowers wade deep into CO
The weight of a silver Olympic medal shocked Millers Flat School pupils this week.
The small Central Otago school got to weigh two when Rio Olympic lightweight double scullers Rebecca Scown and Genevieve Behrent visited.
Lily McQueen, 7, said she wore the medal and ‘‘it was quite heavy’’, while Kairi Shaw, 7, said the rowers were ‘‘cool’’ - ’’I watched their races’’.
Scown and Behrent said that after three and a half months away during the Rio campaign, they were enjoying catching up with family and meeting with schoolchildren and members of the public. Scown said she came back from Rio sick and had appreciated the time out from training to recover. Rio was her second Olympic Games, and she said it was slightly easier second time around.
‘‘We went over last year and spent time getting to work out travel times and other details. We were 30km from the Olympic Village to the rowing venue, which could take anything from 45 minutes to 2 hours to travel, so we appreciated having a day house just five minutes from the water.’’
They were disappointed not to get a second medal with the eights.
‘‘It is tough when we have to be part of both teams, while the British and American teams can have more people to choose from.’’