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Team updates from Hungary

Author -  Karen Simpson

The junior team talks about their racing in the local Hungarian regatta

Team updates from Hungary

The junior team talks about their racing in the local Hungarian regatta

Today’s report from the U18 and U23 boys

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It was a great day for the two U18 girls Tess Allen and Cassandra Wilson, who both eased through heats earlier in the day to make the K1 1000 final.  In the final both girls performed their best, building throughout the race – Cassie finishing fifth and Tess placing sixth.

Toby Brooke and Alex Bristow had the 1000m heats in the morning.  There were six strong heats for the boys to battle their way through.  Toby made the A final and had a good fight on his hands with some fast Hungarians and ended up coming second.

Kurtis and Aiden from the U23 boys had the K1 1000m.  This was the final selection race for the K1 spot at U23 World Champs.  Going through the first 500m Aiden and Kurtis were neck and neck.  Kurtis came home strong taking out first place while Aiden took out a close second (a boat length in front of the Hungarians).  Not long after that Max and Aiden jumped into a K2 to race Toby and Kurtis and some big Hungarians).  The Hungarian Open K2 was off to a flying start with Kurtis and Toby in second.  Max and Aiden pulled through in the last 500m passing the open men with their New Zealand competitors hot on their tails  The Wanganui boys won the race with their team mates inches behind.  With their racing over they know what they have to improve on and are very excited for the World Champs in Portugal.

Here’s the fun short-story from Karl McMirtrie and Alex Bristow on the fortunes of the U18 K4…

“We lined up in lane 7 after doing a sold 30 minute warm up.  The other four crews were just as determined as us to win the race. As we awaited the start we all took deep breaths in anticipation while looking across at the other crews to see when they were going to start as we don’t understand Hungarian.  Karl gave his famous ‘goosey pep-talk’ right before the start.  We heard all the other crews GO so we slammed the goosey on the water ad powered through the start.  Although we were slightly off our game we were neck and neck with the other crews.  At approximately the 500m mark, Toby called for a drop in rating and an increase in power and we pulled away from the rest of the field.  By about the 200m mark we had about half a boat length on the other crew, so we dropped one final goosey on Karl’s call and we “boosgaked” it home to the finish, taking out a mighty first place.”

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Team updates from Hungary

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