Danny eyes his next challenge
There is little rest for the South Waikato’s world championship bronze medal-winning adaptive rower.
Danny McBride finished third in the final of the ASM1x class at Lake Karapiro on Thursday.
When the South Waikato News spoke to McBride on Friday he was already looking to the next event.
On Friday morning McBride met with his coaches to map out a path to next year’s world championships and the Paralympics in London in 2012.
Within the next three weeks McBride will be back training.
But how does he feel after winning a medal at his first international regatta?
‘‘ Pretty stoked really. And relieved. To get bronze, you haven’t missed out, you’re still on the podium. I think it was one of the best days of my life.
McBride said he ‘‘ went out hard’’ at the start of Thursday’s final.
At the halfway stage of his 1000m race McBride was in fourth place. He got as high as second but was pipped near the line to finish in third.
With first place taken by Britain’s Tom Aggar, the world record-holder in the event, McBride finished bow for bow with Andrii Kryvchun of Ukraine and Russian Alexey Chuvashev.
With such a tight finish, the competitors waited in their boats for the official results to be announced.
McBride said the support from the crowd at Karapiro was ‘‘just amazing. . . I think that’s what got me through’’.
‘‘There were a couple of hundred people from Putaruru there.’’
McBride had also seen signs displayed around Tirau supporting him, which he appreciated.
‘‘I want to thank everybody for all of their messages and their support, it’s just been amazing.’’
McBride’s coach David Lazarus predicted McBride’s public success would help promote the sport as an option for athletes with disabilities.
‘‘While these guys struggle to do the times and distances [of the able-bodied athletes] the sport of
rowing had been very, very good at integrating athletes with disabilities into their sport.’’
He said McBride was the perfect ambassador. ‘‘He’s a sensational athlete and he basically shone from the first moment I met him. He’s got a tenacious streak and he listens and he adapts.’’
McBride only started rowing in March last year and credited his coach and the support of rowing New Zealand for his quick success.
Winning a medal was McBride’s goal for the regatta. As he was presented his medal on the podium Thursday he said several thoughts were going through his head. ‘‘I was just so proud and so rapt that all the hard work had paid off. It was sort of surreal, it will take a few weeks to sink in.’’
Additional reporting Waikato Times
GOAL REACHED: Danny McBride receives his bronze medal, an achievement he said will take weeks to sink in.