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Tassie rowing eight in Olympic contention

EIGHT Tasmanian rowers remain in contention to make the Olympic Games as national selection trials heat up this week.

Former world championship double scull crewmates Kim Crow and Tasmanian Kerry Hore.

After strong performances at the NSW championships, Australia’s best rowers have been invited to remain at Penrith for final national selection trials.

Among those invited were Tasmanian females Kerry Hore, Sarah Hawe, Ella Flecker, Georgia Nesbitt (all Huon) and Meaghan Volker (Buckingham), para-rowers Alistair Chong and Sara Waitzer (both Tasmanian University) and Tamar lightweight Alister Foot.

Tasmanian Institute of Sport coach Brett Crow believes the state remains on course to match its London Olympic representation.

‘‘I’m confident we can have seven but it’s very tight. The next couple of days will be critical for them,’’ Crow said.

‘‘They all had solid performances and everybody that is left is in with a shot.

‘‘Final selection is on Friday. That will be their D-Day.’’

So far the only Tasmanian in contention for a qualified boat is Hore who is hoping to become the first female Australian rower to attend four Olympics.

The Huon veteran, who has made three Olympic finals and won a bronze medal in 2004, finished second in the NSW championships to Kim Crow, the pair having claimed back-to-back world championship silver medals as a double scull crew in 2010-11.

Nesbitt impressed by winning her lightweight single while Hawe and Volker have put themselves in strong contention for selection in the women’s eight.

As national lightweight four coach, Crow has been closely observing 2012 Olympic reserve Foot as well as TIS-supported Queenslanders Adam Kachyckyj (Commercial) and Nick Silcox (Toowong).

Buckingham’s Max McQueeney is the only Tasmanian not invited to national trials. ‘‘He’s done extremely well for a young guy. He’s not quite there yet but I’m sure he will be,’’ Crow added.

TASMANIAN ROWERS INVITED TO SENIOR SELECTION TRIALS: WOMEN’S SCULLING: Kerry Hore (Huon); WOMEN’S SWEEP: Sarah Hawe (Huon), Meaghan Volker (Buckingham), LIGHTWEIGHT WOMEN: Ella Flecker (Huon), Georgia Nesbitt (Huon); LIGHTWEIGHT MEN: Alister Foot (Tamar); PARA-ROWING LTA Mixed 4+: Alistair Chong (Tas Uni), Sara Waitzer (Tas Uni).

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