The Australian Para-rowing team enjoyed a strong start to their international season this past weekend (18-19 May), winning four gold medals, four silver and one bronze to be crowned the overall winners of the 2019 FISA International Para-rowing Regatta in Gavirate, Italy.
Paralympian Kathryn Ross made a strong return to international competition after a three-year hiatus, picking up two gold medals in the women’s single scull PR2, while Jed Altschwager and Will Smith together won two gold medals in the men’s pair PR3.
James Talbot and Ben Gibson doubled up, winning both a bronze medal in the men’s pair PR3 and two silver medals in the mixed coxed four PR3. The latter boat class took two iterations at the regatta – Saturday saw Gibson and Talbot joined by Alexandra Viney, Alex Vuillermin and coxswain Renae Domaschenz, and on Sunday, Viney was replaced with Nikki Ayres.
Five-time world champion in the men’s single scull PR1, Erik Horrie, also reached the podium, picking up two silver medals in his first two international races of the season.
By Rowing Australia