Southern trio make trial squad

New NZ junior triallists Angus Kenny (left) and Reuben Cook rowing for Otago at Lake Ruataniwha...
New NZ junior triallists Angus Kenny (left) and Reuben Cook rowing for Otago at Lake Ruataniwha earlier this season. PHOTO: SHARRON BENNETT
Three  young rowers from the South have been included in a Rowing NZ junior trial squad.

The squad includes rowers from all round the country, although one of the main trial selections regattas, the Maadi Cup, was canned.

The Maadi Cup was set to start at Lake Ruataniwha yesterday but was cancelled earlier this month by Rowing NZ (RNZ).

The long list of athletes named in the junior squad includes Shakira Mirfin from Southland Girls’ High School, Angus Kenny from John McGlashan College and Reuben Cook from Otago Boys’ High School.

RNZ would continue to take guidance from World Rowing (FISA) regarding the 2020 World Rowing Junior Championships, which is currently scheduled to take place from August 16-21 in Bled in Slovenia.

RNZ intended to run junior trials later in the year, but would monitor the Covid-19 situation in Europe and New Zealand before a final decision is made.

RNZ selectors named a long list of athletes for a possible trial later this year, but acknowledged it was difficult with no Maadi Cup.

A junior triallist list would be announced at a later date if it was determined a junior team should assemble for a training campaign, with a view to compete at the 2020 World Rowing Junior Championships.

The athletes on the list may be required to complete further testing in their home regions ahead of the final junior triallist list being announced.


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