- Story courtesy Western Australian Institute of Sport.
Wally Foreman Scholarship holder and rower David Watts has finished second in the B Final of the men’s double scull at World Cup III in Poznan over the weekend.
Competing with NSW’s Chris Morgan, the duo missed the A Final after finishing in fifth place in their semi-final, with only the top three crews advancing.
Watts and Morgan fought hard in the B Final to finish second behind Cuba.
In the A Final, New Zealand earned bragging rights with victory over Great Britain and France. The reigning Olympic champion combination of Croatian brothers Valent and Martin Sinkovic withdrew before competition, after a minor back complaint to Martin.
The Australian Rowing Team enjoyed a strong campaign in Poland, winning a string of medals at the final major regatta before August’s Olympic Games.
Australia’s gold medals came in the women’s single scull, with reigning World Champion, Kim Brennan taking line honours, whilst in the men’s quadruple scull, the Australian crew of James McRae, Cameron Girdlestone, Sasha Belonogoff and Karsten Forsterling were also too strong.
The men’s pair, women’s quadruple sculls and TA mixed double scull won silver medals, whilst the men’s four and the AS men’s single sculls crews earned bronze.
General Manager – Sport, Jaime Fernandez said: "Our crews put in some fine performances across the weekend, including our para-rowers who were making their first international appearances this season.
"No doubt they will all gain further motivation from this weekend’s performances, having, for many, consolidated on their previous World Cup results in Lucerne. Now it is about continuing to identify where the opportunities lie and turning our attention to the final critical block of training ahead of Rio.”