Focus on fours
Tobias Wehr-Candler says the time is coming for a New Zealand rowing four to hit the limelight.
The Pukerua Bay 23- year- old, based at the high-performance centre at Lake Karapiro near Cambridge since 2008, has been slogging away in fours and eights. He says the New Zealand eight he was a part of in 2009 achieved much on the world stage, but his focus recently has been the fours.
He teamed up with Shaun Kirkham, Alex Kennedy and Olympian Eric Murray to blitz the opposition and claim the fours title at nationals in Twizel last month.
‘‘It was a great combo, although we only came together about two weeks before [Twizel]. Eric put his hand up and fitted in comfortably, he’s obviously an exceptional athlete but it did take him a little bit to get used to what we were doing.’’
This week Wehr-Candler will be part of a different combination that will tackle a World Cup event in Sydney – joining Adam Tripp, Bobby Kells and Jade Eru. He says they have high expectations, which comes with being a part of the highperformance group at Karapiro.
‘‘The environment is fantastic; it’s very gruelling and it can spit you out if you’re not up to it. But I’ve enjoyed the challenge . . . I’ve been training hard over the summer, winning local regattas in the build-up to Twizel.’’
Wehr-Candler has one eye on the world champs in South Korea in August but the Olympics in Rio in 2016 is the ultimate goal.