Queenstown rower’s Russia splash

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A born-and-bred Queenstown rower will star in the black and white attire when she represents New Zealand this year.
 
Otago University student and captain of the rowing team Sarah Lindley (pictured right) joined Wakatipu Rowing Club aged 15 and has spent the past four years in the NZ University crew.
 
However, this is the first time the women’s four has qualified to compete in the World University Rowing Champs in Kazan, Russia, in September.
 
Last weekend the NZ University crew retained the Trans-Tasman Cup at Lake Hayes, dominating the Austral­ians 3-1 in the three-Test series. 

“It was a sweet victory to beat the Aussies in my home town.
 
“Everyone is really impressed with Queenstown; no one ever comes here to row so it was quite nice to be back and show it off,” she says.
 
“Being able to row in the sun on Lake Hayes was just so much fun and the conditions were always so good.”
 
The 22-year-old is training two to three times a day, six days a week in preparation for the coxless four’s international debut.
 
It’s all about juggling study, money, training and sponsor hunting before September as the self-funded trip will set Lindley back more than $7500.