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Medals aplenty on Day Two of the Gavirate International Para-Rowing Regatta

On another beautiful day at the ‘Lago di Varese’ with flat, calm conditions our seven athletes raced across five boat classes on day two of the three-day Regatta.

The crews started their day with their Regatta 1 Finals, having progressed through from their Heats the previous day.

Erik Horrie OAM was first to represent Australia and in a strong row won the Bronze Medal in his boat class, the PR1 M1x. Later in the day for the Regatta 2 Heats, Erik raced to second-place, securing his place in the Regatta 2 Final on Sunday.

Next up, the PR3 Mix4+ of Thomas Birtwhistle, Nicholas Neales, Jessica Gallagher, Al Viney and cox Teesaan Koo raced down the course. Al Viney provided an overview of their Silver Medal winning race performance: “We had a solid start and held the British crew up to 600m. We worked on rowing long and strong throughout the rest of the race.” More race experience for the crew followed in Heat 1 of Regatta 2, where the crew came second and means they will also race in the Final on Sunday.

The PR2 M2- of Nicholas Neales and Thomas Birtwhistle had a solid race down the course to take the Bronze Medal. Upon reaching the start line for their heat, they were on their fourth race of the day. They got the job done by securing a third-place finish which sees them progress to the Final.

Kat Ross finished her Regatta 1 campaign in the PR2 W1x with a Silver Medal, which was a “really solid” performance, Ross said. The start of her Regatta 2 campaign began with a different approach to crew combinations, by rowing with Corne de Koning from the Netherlands in the PR2 Mix2x. Having never rowed together before they won their heat, which Kat then backed up with a second place finish in the PR2 W1x.

Overall, a great day in Gavirate for the crews who will race again tomorrow in their finals.

Australian Rowing Team Results:

Regatta 1 – Finals

  • SILVER – PR2 W1x, Kat Ross.
  • SILVER – PR3 Mix4+, Thomas Birtwhistle, Nicholas Neales, Jessica Gallagher, Al Viney and cox Teesaan Koo.
  • BRONZE – PR1 M1x, Erik Horrie OAM.
  • BRONZE – PR3 M2-, Thomas Birtwhistle and Nicholas Neales.

Regatta 2 – Heats

  • SECOND – PR2 W1x, Kat Ross.
  • FIRST – PR2 Mix2x, Kat Ross and Corne de Koning (NED).
  • SECOND – PR3 Mix4+, Thomas Birtwhistle, Nicholas Neales, Jessica Gallagher, Al Viney and cox Teesaan Koo.
  • SECOND – PR1 M1x, Erik Horrie OAM.
  • THIRD – PR3 M2-, Thomas Birtwhistle and Nicholas Neales.

Full results can be found here.

Crew lists:

PR1 M1x

Erik Horrie OAM (NSW)

PR2 W1x

Kathryn Ross (ACT)

PR2 Mix2x

Kathryn Ross (ACT, AUS)

Corne de Koning (NED)

PR3 4+

B Alexandra Viney (VIC)

2 Jessica Gallagher (VIC)

3 Nicholas Neales (ACT)

S Thomas Birtwhistle (NSW)

C Teesaan Koo (VIC)

PR3 M2-

B Nicholas Neales (ACT)

S Thomas Birtwhistle (NSW)