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.’’

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