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Aussies celebrate flying start at International Para Regatta

The PR3 Mixed Coxed Four of Harrison Nichols, Susannah Lutze, Thomas Birtwhistle, Lisa Greissl and Teesaan Koo celebrate in Gavirate. Photo: Vera Buscu

Paralympic Head Coach Chad King has hailed the performance of his squad after a series of quality results at the International Para Regatta in Gavirate, Italy, over the weekend.

The Australian Rowing Team completed a strong few days of racing to start their European campaign, claiming seven medals and introducing a host of fresh faces to the international arena.

The PR3 Mixed Coxed Four of Lisa Greissl, Susannah Lutze, Thomas Birtwhistle, Harrison Nichols and Teesaan Koo won double-Gold, as did the new combination of Nikki Ayers and Jed Altschwager, who were a dominant pairing in the PR3 Mixed Double Sculls.

Simon Albury took Silver in the PR2 Men’s Single Sculls and Tobiah Goffsassen rowed to Silver and Bronze in the PR3 Men’s Single Sculls to complete a fine start to his international rowing career.

King said he was thrilled with the consistency across the two days of the regatta, with some solid steps being taken as the athletes now reset for World Cup II in Varese and take a step towards the World Rowing Championships in Belgrade in September.

“We are really pleased with the results. The majority of the squad are brand new to international racing and it’s been really good to see some good results and blooding the athletes into the Para program,” King said.

“One of the highlights has been the PR3 Double (Ayers, Altschwager), which has produced some consistently good results and we are keen to see how they progress at the Varese World Cup II regatta. The PR3 Coxed Four is also a new crew and they have performed above expectations over the four races this weekend, given the lack of time they had together domestically.”

King said he was also thrilled to see Albury and Goffsassen row themselves onto the podium.

“Simmo in the PR2 Single has had some fantastic, consistent results as well and Tobiah has been another highlight. It’s been terrific to see the improvements he’s made in his sculling with a couple of medals throughout the regatta.

“All in all, it’s been a great opportunity and we are looking forward to building on this success as we head towards the World Championships in Belgrade in September, where there are Paralympic qualification spots up for grabs.”