Jack Hargreaves, Spencer Turrin and Joshua Hicks, all of the NSW Institute of Sport, combined with Alexander Hill to be crowned World Champions this week.
Competing in the Men’s Four at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida, the athletes secured gold for Australia, an achievement matched by the Australian Women’s Four a few minutes later. The Women’s Quadruple Scull team (featuring NTC-NSWIS athletes Gen Horton, Rowena Meredith & Leah Saunders) made the final of their event and finished sixth, while Erik Horrie won his event in the PR1 Men’s Single Scull to claim gold.
Manager of the NSWIS Rowing Program, Lizzi Chapman, was ecstatic about the performances by Team NSWIS at the World Rowing Championships.
“We are immensely proud of all our NSWIS athletes that competed in Sarasota. The teams are a mixture of experienced rowers and those who are on the pathway to becoming world class athletes” said Chapman.
“To see so many athletes from Team NSWIS competing on the world stage for Australia is testament to the work we do here at the NSW Institute of Sport.
“The hard work and dedication from our coaches and support staff is clearly benefiting the next crop of developing athletes”.
Chapman was particularly impressed with the output of Para Rower Erik Horrie, who became the World Champion in a record time.
“Erik Horrie’s achievement is a standout result, given that this was his first international regatta at the new distance of 2000m.
“It’s no surprise to anyone here at the NSW Institute of Sport that Erik has smashed the world record”.
On the Men’s Four squad, Chapman was equally impressed.
“They were calm, confident and assured, leading from start to finish”.