Black Singlets win Gold
For it to occur on one of the world’s most historic regatta courses and on the first rung of the International Rowing 'pathway' ladder, confirms what the 'jungle drums' have been beating over of the last three years; that New Zealand is rapidly returning to the 'feared' status it commanded during the 1970s and 1980s.
More importantly, a pool of talented NZ coaches are beginning to make their mark on the international stage following in the footsteps of the legendary Rusty Robertson , Harry Mahon and Richard Tonks. Today, Brett Crowe (Waikato) and Dave Hill (Canterbury) signaled their capabilities as future elite coaches by producing medal winning crews on the world stage.
Crowe and Hill join NZ under 23 coaches, Mark Stallard (Marlborough), Calvin Ferguson (Wanganui) and Wayne Maher (Karapiro) as 2006 World Championship medalist coaches.
Junior Men’s Eight (JM8+)
As they did in their semi final, Germany bounced away from the start pontoons at a blistering pace. But the young New Zealand crew remained unfazed. The Brett Crowe coached New Zealand eight held their composure. David Eade, a Mike Stanley replica, stroked his crew along at a steady rate of 38 strokes a minute through the middle 1000m to slide past the Germans by a canvas. With 500m to go, a magnificent New Zealand eight 'stepped on the gas' to jump immediately to a half boat length lead over Germany and Italy. At the line the Kiwis were rating 42 strokes per minute, much to the excitement of a large gallery of New Zealanders (and Australians!) who traveled the distance to watch a magnificent gold medal victory.
Take a bow David Eade (Auckland), Jared Pehi and Josiah Lester (Hamilton Boy’s High School), Sam O’Connor (Canaviron), Tyler Sherman (Wanganui High School), Michael Arms (Auckland Grammar), Ben Lynton, James O’Connor and coxswain Robert Salveson (Christ College).
The makings of a New Zealand Men’s Eight for London 2012 was born today in Amsterdam!
Junior Women’s Quadruple Sculls (JW4x)
Anna Stantial (Cullinane), Laura Fischer (Rotorua Lakes), Genevieve Armstrong (Mt Maunganui College) and Kate Reymer (Sacred Heart College) arrived at the famous Bosbaan course today knowing that only Germany lay in their way to picking up the gold medal. Germany has been in charge of this event for many years now and so it proved again today as the dominance of the German Federation continued. The superpower of world rowing had already had their national anthem played on three occasions out of the eight medal ceremonies that preceded their women’s quadruple sculls race.
But the courageous New Zealand girls stuck to their task and never faulted as they positioned themselves onto the stern of the powerful German quad through the first 1000m.
It was a matter of adhering to coach Dave Hill’s pre race instructions to remain 'calm and patient'. And that they did as they pushed at the 1500m mark to hold off the fast finishing Austrians to win the silver medal, 1 Â½ lengths adrift of favorites Germany.
Junior Women’s Four (JW4-)
A slow start proved to be the undoing of the New Zealand Women’s four of Rachel Arbuckle (Hamilton RC), Georgie Baker (Wanganui Collegiate), Jessica Loe (St Margaret’s College) and Harriet Austin (Wanganui Collegiate) as Germany , Italy, Great Britain and Belarus powered out to put clear water between New Zealand and Australia.
The Dave Thompson coached New Zealanders regrouped and matched the splits of the leading pack, but the pace was fast and furious. The Kiwi girls can take comfort from the fact they left nothing to spare on the Bosbaan regatta course here today.