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SA para-rowers grab gold and silver in Gavirate regatta
- Updated: May 22, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
South Africa’s para-rowers have returned from an international regatta in Gavirate, Italy with a gold and silver medal.
The competition was a double regatta formula which meant the squad raced five races in two days. The squad was accompanied by Marco Galeone, who was manager/coach for South Africa at the London Paralympics in 2012.
‘The schedule was quite demanding but it’s our goal to test performance before the August World Championships in France,’ he told Road to Rio 2016. ‘At worlds its all about qualification for Rio 2016.
‘The competition is tough with all the main countries taking part so the prefect benchmark and checkpoint to see where our preparations are.’
The squad did most of their preparation at Germiston Lake where SA para-rowing is based and their gym work was carried out at the University of Johannesburg.
South Africa’s silver medal came courtesy of the Mixed 4+LTA (that’s Legs, Arms and Trunk) through Lucy Perold, Shannon Murray, Dylan Trollope and Dieter Roslee (coxed by Willie Morgan).
Unfortunately Perold injured her arm (compartment syndrome of a muscle) and the same combo got fourth spot in Sunday’s race, just one second from the bronze medal spot.
But the weekend’s finest moment cam when Roslee and Murray teamed up in the Mix2xLTA beating Israel and Japan into the lesser placings.
‘I’m really satisfied about the results, as the are promising and show we are on the right track,’ says Galeone. ‘All these results will be used to also rank the other athletes that remained in SA because of injuries or recovering from operations.
‘I’m a obviously disappointed with Lucy’s injury after Saturday’s final but unfortunately we can’t control the uncontrollables. And team doctor Danielle Lincoln did a great job working on it. Rather get injured now than at world’s ahead of Rio qualification.
South Africa’s para-rower from London, Sandra Khumalo, was unable to travel to Italy after surgery to relieve a pressure sore.
National rowing coach Roger Barrow was optimistic after the Italian success. ‘The warm-up regatta didn’t have all the countries but some of the good ones, like Great Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Brazil. The LTA+4’s third and fourth shows that the progress is there and times were good for this early in the season. This is an Olympic boat class and they’ll continue to progress from here.’
In the picture (left to right) are: Rosslee, Murray, Perold, Trollope and coxwain Morgan