Rowing: Tauranga duo named in NZ row team

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Jordan Parry.
Jordan Parry.

Tauranga Rowing Club's Jordan Parry and Charlie Rogerson are in a squad of 33 athletes named in the New Zealand under-23 team to take part in the 2016 World Rowing Under-23 Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands from September 21-28.

Parry has been selected in the men's quad with Rogerson in the men's coxed four. Both Tauranga rowers compete also for Waikato Rowing Club.

The World Rowing Under-23 Championships will be held in a combined regatta with the Junior and Senior World Rowing Championships and provide the young athletes with the unique experience of competing in a large world championship regatta.

The under-23 athletes have been selected to represent New Zealand after a five day trial that included 2km ergometer testing and seat racing at Lake Karapiro.

Rowing New Zealand will send a total of eight crews made up of an under-23 women's single scull, women's lightweight double scull, women's quadruple scull, men's quadruple scull, men's coxed four, men's coxless four, lightweight men's quad and women's eight to Rotterdam.

For the first time ever Rowing New Zealand will send a men's lightweight quad to an Under-23 World Championships. A women's eight is also back in the mix after last being raced by a New Zealand crew at the under-23 level in 2011.

Te Awamutu sculler, Luka Ellery will compete in the women's single scull. The last time New Zealand fielded a women's single scull was at the Under-23 World Rowing Championships in 2007.

The 2015 under-23 women's lightweight double World Champion, Jackie Kiddle, returns to the fold with new partner, Lucy Jonas.

Alan Cotter, Rowing New Zealand High Performance Director, is pleased with the large team selected for 2016.

" We have high expectations of all our New Zealand rowing crews and believe these crews are capable of not only making A finals but also reaching the podium," he said.

"These athletes are on high performance pathway and are the future of our programme as we look towards Tokyo 2020 and beyond."

The young New Zealand rowers will compete against hundreds of top under-23 athletes from around the world at the Championships.

The team will train at Lake Karapiro at the Rowing New Zealand High Performance Centre from May 30 in the build up to the Under-23 World Rowing competition.

The under-23 crews depart for Rotterdam on August 12 for pre-competition training prior to the championships.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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