Give Scown keys to city - Baker-Hogan

By Zaryd Wilson -
Whanganui's Rebecca Scown (front) and Genevieve Behrent on their way to winning the silver medal in the women's pair at the Rio Olympics.
Whanganui's Rebecca Scown (front) and Genevieve Behrent on their way to winning the silver medal in the women's pair at the Rio Olympics.

Whanganui District councillor Philippa Baker-Hogan has called for Whanganui rower Rebecca Scown to be given the keys to the city.

Scown won silver with Genevieve Behrent in the coxless pair at the Rio Olympic Games over the weekend and was also part of the women's eight which placed fourth.

It was Scown's second Olympic medal having won bronze four years ago in London.

Ms Baker-Hogan, a former world champion and Olympic rower and the council's sport and recreation portfolio holder, wanted an event held to acknowledge Scown's efforts along with Whanganui's other Olympic connections.

Whanganui's Dick Tonks coached rower Mahe Drysdale to gold while New Zealand's head track cycling coach is Dayle Cheatley.

Ms Baker-Hogan said she would speak with Whanganui mayor Annette Main over the coming days and said it was important the city celebrated.

"We possibly didn't celebrate it four years ago much and I think people forget just how hard winning an Olympic medal is."

Scown's achievement was "immense" especially since she was only named in the women's pair last year, she said. "This just cements her as one of the great New Zealand rowers."

Meanwhile, captain of Scown's Union Boat Club, Bob Evans, said it was a great result for Scown and Behrent who pushed the dominant British crew in the final.

"They were close and they were closing in the finish," he said.

He also noted it was an achievement to even be there with Scown and Behrent only replacing Kerri Gowler Grace Prendergast in the boat last year.

"Rebecca and Genevieve were put together by the selectors and surpassed (them)."
The result would also be celebrated by the Union Boat Club, he said.

Mr Evans believed Scown would have another Olympics in her if she still had the desire.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Post have released a Scown and Behrent postage stamp as they have done with the country's other medallists.

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