Rowers stroke their way into medal contention

Posted on August 28, 2021 by

NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) rowers Erik Horrie in the PR1 men’s singles sculls and Thomas Birtwhistle and James Talbot alongside their mixed PR3 coxed four crew produced brilliant performances in their respective repechage races to safely qualify for the medal races at the Sea Forest Waterway.

Horrie a seasoned and world renowned athlete amassed a phenomenal five consecutive world championship titles from 2013 through to 2018, and is the defending Paralympic silver medallist in the comparative ASM1 single sculls event from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Horrie won his repechage race and progresses onto the medal race which will take place on Sunday 29th August 2021 at 12.10 (AEST). The final is sure to be very competitive with three athletes including Horrie setting and breaking the Paralympic leading time during the qualification races.

Birtwhistle and Talbot alongside crew members Alexandra Viney, Nikki Ayers and coxswain Renae Domaschenz put together an equally impressive race to win their repechage race coming home first with a time of 7:06:918.

The competition for medals will be high as the worlds leading team on time, Great Britain take their place alongside other strong crews including France who set the Paralympic leading time in their repechage race.

The PR3 mixed coxed four medal race also takes place on Sunday 29th August 2021 at 12.50 (AEST).

Team NSWIS athletes Horrie, Birtwhistle and Talbot will be looking to secure medals to add to the excellent Team Australia medal haul already achieved at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

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