Danny’s sights set on world podium
Only 18 months after first trying out a rowing boat Danny McBride will line up next week at the World Rowing Championships on Lake Karapiro.
Adaptive rower McBride is racing in the ASM1x class which is a single scull boat for para-athletes.
It was in March last year that the Tirau resident first tried a rowing boat, borrowing the boat belonging to Christchurch-based adaptive rower Robin Tinga.
From there McBride was hooked. From paddling once or twice a week last winter McBride has been training six times a week in preparation for the world championships.
And with all that hard work comes impressive goals.
‘‘My primary goal is to get into the A Final. And then the podium,’’ he said.
‘‘The world number one (Tom Agger) is a machine. It would take a real off day for him for me to beat him.
‘‘I think silver or bronze is a realistic possibility.’’
A former national captain in wheelchair basketball, McBride said he was attracted to rowing because it would test him.
‘‘It’s an individual sport, it all depends on myself. I like the freedom, the enjoyment of being out on the water. I really like competing.’’
In July McBride first pitted himself against international competition racing at a regatta in Australia.
His Australian opponent had come third at the last world championships. McBride beat him in all three races, though he admits the wins were ‘‘not by much’’.
In February McBride joined the Cam- bridge Rowing Club and teamed up with coach Dave Lazarus.
Lazarus said he was immediately impressed with McBride’s independence, grit and determination. ‘‘I was amazed at what he was doing.’’ Lazarus had not coached an adaptive rower so the last few months have been a learning experience for both men.
In Australia McBride impressed Lazarus with his technical nous in planning his race strategy.
Looking beyond Karapiro McBride said his goal was to race at the 2012 Paralympics in London.
He paid credit to his family, friends and employer, thanking them for their support in preparation for next week.
‘‘I’m doing this for myself but I want to make everyone proud.’’
READY: McBride heads out for a training session.
DETERMINED: Danny McBride has set a goal of making the A Final then going for a medal at the World Rowing Championships.