Top rowers settling in for practice
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.