Medal a spur to set sights higher
Danny McBride was already looking to the London Olympics and improving on his ‘‘dirty old bronze’’ just seconds after he left the water.
Tirau’s McBride, 41, became New Zealand’s first medallist at the Rowing World Championships at Lake Karapiro in a tight finish for places in the men’s arms and shoulders adaptive single sculls final.
Second through to fifth were separated by less than two seconds but the fast-finishing McBride – spurred on by the boisterous cheers of family, friends and patriotic strangers – charged home for bronze.
But the medal just whetted his appetite for more. He was already discussing going to the Paralympics in London before he was awarded his medal.
A tree fell on McBride 11 years ago when he was working as a foreman of a treefelling operation and he is now a T12 paraplegic with no movement, or feeling, below the waist.
But since he started rowing 18 months ago and more seriously in the past nine months, he has improved quickly and joined Rowing New Zealand’s Elite Programme.
‘‘ It’s just brilliant,’’ he said. ‘‘To have got what I set out to do is just amazing. My first goal was to make the A-final then once I did that, it was to get a medal and I did.’’