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New Zealand rowing trialists named

Media Release - March 2

New Zealand rowing trialists named


New Zealand Rowing today released their squad of national trialists to compete in the national trials at Lake Karapiro on March 15-20.

The New Zealand squad to compete in the world championships in Milan in August will be named after the trials on March 20.

NZ Rowing's high performance manager Barrie Mabbott said Avon's Sam Earl withdrew from the trials because of a back injury.

``Sam has been one of our strongest and best performed rowers in the last few years but has withdrawn from the 2003 squad. He will receive rehabilitation treatment over the winter with the view to returning next summer.''

Mabbott said Earl could return to the New Zealand four boat, which is seeking to compete at the Athens Olympics, if he returns to top form next summer.

Trialists are:

Elite - Men: George Bridgewater (Avon), Mahe Drysdale (West End), Chris Flanagan (Avon), Rob Hellstrom (Wairau), Donald Leach (Canterbury), Carl Meyer (Canterbury), Eric Murray (Avon), Gary Roberts (Waikato), Dave Schaper (Avon), Ian Smallman (Avon), Nathan Twaddle (Auckland). Lightweight: Grant Duncan (Union Christchurch), Nathan Terry (Union Wanganui).

Elite - Women: Jackie Abraham (Hamilton), Melanie Burgess (Auckland), Jo Bryne (Hawke's Bay), Nicola Coles (Cambridge), Georgina Evers-Swindell (Hamilton), Caroline Evers-Swindell (Hamilton), Kirsty Ferguson (Wellington), Angela Fife (Cambridge), Carolyn Forlong (West End), Maree Kaati (Cambridge), Emily Liddell (Hawkes Bay), Rosyln Papa (West End), Katie Ritchie (West End), Annabel Ritchie (West End), Kate Robinson (Hamilton), Alison Storey (West End), Paula Twining (Cambridge). Cox: Sophie Wylie (West End), Jennifer Lysaght (Avon).

Under 23 - men: Peter Benny (Otago University), Steven Cottle (Mercer), Andrew McCowan (Waikato), Todd Petherick (Canterbury), David Schumacher (Auckland), Andre Sintmaartensdyk (Otago University), Rodney Stephens (Auckland), Chris Wright (Auckland), Michael Petherick (Canterbury). Lightweight: Mark Patterson (Wairau).

Under 23 - women: Jane Adlam (Wairau), Emma Feathery (Union Christchurch), Alicia Forbes (West End), Juliette Haigh (West End), Bess Halley (Gisborne), Jennifer Jackson (Union Christchurch), Fiona Paterson (Avon), Andrea Rix-Trott (Auckland), Jody Thomas (Wairau), Darnelle Timbs (Gisborne).

Development - men: Daniel Carrodus (Auckland Grammar), Peter Mitchell (West End), Glen Twining (Waikato), Jeremy Ward (Auckland Grammar), John Doylon (West End), Timothy McDonald (West End), Aaron Tuohy (Auckland Grammar), Matthew Kavanagh (Auckland Grammar), Grant Carroll (Otago University), Andrew Crossland (Otago University), Selwyn Cleland (Waikato).

Development - women: Nicola Cooney (North End), Jennifer Fox (Waihopai), Kirsty Marsden (Wairau), Ailsa Schaper (West End).

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For further information contact Kip Brook, Word of Mouth Media NZ, 021 0338455 or 03 3745426

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