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Tasmanian McQueeney roars to victory in the Open Men’s Single Scull

Tasmanians claim five golds as finals continue at SIRR 2015

The Tasmanian rowers had a fantastic day at the 2015 Sydney International Rowing Regatta (SIRR) with the State claiming five golds, six silver and two bronze as finals continued at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.

The sculling boats proved to be The Apple Isle’s crowning glory with golds coming from Henry Youl (U21 Men’s Single), Kerry Hore (Open Women’s Single), Max McQueeney (Open Men’s Single), Georgia Nesbitt (Open Lightweight Women’s Single) and Oliver Cook (U23 Lightweight Men’s Single).

The Open Men’s and Women’s Single Scull finals saw Tasmania claim five medals, with the Women’s Single Scull being a Tasmanian first, second and third. Huon/TIS’s Hore won the gold, followed by fellow Huon rower Sarah Hawe with Bucks’ Meaghan Volker in third. Meanwhile, in the Men’s event, McQueeney, representing Bucks and the NTC-Canberra, was followed onto the podium by Taylor Wilczynski of Mersey Rowing Club.

McQueeney’s win today, means that the young rower will now represent Tasmania in the Interstate Men’s Single Scull for the President’s Cup this Sunday.

Post-race, McQueeney said: “The conditions were good for the final today, there was no head-wind and it was pretty flat. I did feel under pressure out there, Taylor hasn’t previously shown that much speed in the first kilometre this regatta, and I haven’t raced him that much this season, so I was surprised to see him where he was at the 1km mark.

“I’d worked with my coach, Lyall McCarthy, to make my move around the 1350m mark so that I wouldn’t have to push too hard in the final 500m and I don’t think I could have gone a lot faster today, but it paid off.”

“There’s been less pressure this week as National Selection Trials are done, and my focus, after looking at the entries for the Men’s Single, was do well in that and secure the opportunity to race in the President’s Cup for Tasmania, so I’m really happy with that,” he added.

Both of McCarthy’s male athletes from the National Training Centre in Canberra won gold today as alongside McQueeney, Luke Letcher of Canberra won the U23 Men’s Single Scull.

“Lyall speaks to us about efficiency and I think that’s been key with our racing this week. People see rowing as about being tough and hard and yes, to an extent, it is that but you also have to choose the right time to do it and make your move so that you don’t overdo it and you complete your race efficiently with enough in the tank and I think that paid off for me today,” admitted McQueeney.

One of Tasmania’s silver medals came in the Legs, Trunk and Arms Women’s Single Scull, with Emma Jago of Mersey Rowing Club taking home silver behind 2014 World Para-Rowing Championships silver medallist, Kate Murdoch of Nepean Rowing Club/NSWIS.

In the Legs, Trunk and Arms Men’s Single Scull it was a maiden victory for Canberra-ACTAS athlete Cameron Crombie, who was followed by 2014 World Para-Rowing Championship silver medallist Jeremy McGrath from Balmain-NSWIS while Kevin du Toit of UTS rounded off the medals in that race.

Finally, Kathryn Ross and Gavin Bellis picked up another gold medal to add to their collection as they were crowned the Trunk and Arms Mixed Double Scull Australian Champions.

Day five of the regatta tomorrow will see a large amount of finals taking place, with racing beginning at 8:30am at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.

Taylor Wilczynski, Max McQueeney and John Linke celebrate their medals. (Image: ICON PHOTO)

Taylor Wilczynski, Max McQueeney and John Linke celebrate their medals. (Image: ICON PHOTO)