Top row­ers set­tling in for prac­tice

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TICK­LED PINK: Or­gan­is­ers are ec­static with the turnout for a fundraiser on Fri­day in sup­port of Breast Can­cer Aware­ness. Walk­ers made a do­na­tion be­fore set­ting off around Lake Moananui in Toko­roa. The ma­jor­ity of par­tic­i­pants wore pink while some donned cos­tumes for the event. The Pink Walk was or­gan­ised by the South Waikato Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity and Nutrition Coali­tion which is made up of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from South Waikato Pa­cific Is­lands Health Com­mit­tee, Sport Waikato, Raukawa Char­i­ta­ble Trust and South Waikato YMCA. More than 400 peo­ple took part rais­ing $1823.10 for the Waikato Breast Can­cer Trust.

Photo: ADEN MILES. Some of the world’s best row­ers will be pre­par­ing for the World Row­ing Cham­pi­onships on South Waikato wa­ter.

While the cham­pi­onships will be held on Lake Kara­piro teams from Switzer­land, The Nether­lands and Poland will pre­pare up­stream on Lake Marae­tai.

The 44 strong team from the Nether­lands are based at Wairakei Re­sort in Taupo un­til Oc­to­ber 28, train­ing at Lake Marae­tai.

The Swiss team, un­der head coach and for­mer Great Bri­tain Olympic gold medal­list Tim Fos­ter, will also be train­ing on Lake Marae­tai. The Swiss are stay­ing at Man­gakino un­til Oc­to­ber 28.

Ath­letes and of­fi­cials from the three coun­tries have been in­vited to a civic re­cep­tion at Taupo’s Great Lake Cen­tre on Fri­day. Ex-pa­tri­ots from the three coun­tries liv­ing in Taupo District were in­vited to wel­come the row­ers.

World Row­ing Cham­pi­onships De­vel­op­ing Na­tions man­ager Wybo Veld­man is pleased to see the teams stay­ing in the Taupo district.

‘‘It is a good choice for the teams to stay here as they have ac­cess to some great fa­cil­i­ties and it is not too far from Lake Kara­piro where they will be com­pet­ing.’’

The World row­ing Cham­pi­onships be­gin on Oc­to­ber 30 and run un­til Novem­ber 7.

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