Four-time World Champion and two-time Paralympic silver medallist, Erik Horrie (Sydney RC/ NSWIS/ NSW), has been selected to represent Australia at the 2018 World Rowing Championships to be held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria later this year (9 to 16 September 2018).

Rowing Australia’s national selectors, and the High Performance Commission, made the decision to select Horrie ahead of the Australian Para-rowing National Team selection trials set to take place at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) from 16 to 22 April 2018.

Rowing Australia’s Head of Para-rowing, Gordon Marcks, said about the decision of early selection:

“Erik had a fantastic 2017 that saw him crowned World Champion in the PR1 Men’s Single, over 2000m, and also set a new World’s Best Time in Sarasota. With Erik pursuing medal performances on the world stage in an individual boat class, the aim of an early selection is to allow him to focus on his preparation to achieve his best performance later this year in Bulgaria.”

Horrie will be continuing his international endeavours in the PR1 Men’s Single Scull after winning, in a World’s Best Time, the PR1 Men’s Single Scull at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota last year.

Horrie’s 2018 preparation will see him compete both domestically and internationally in the next few months. The Penrith-based athlete will next race at the 2018 Sydney International Rowing Regatta, while his international program includes the 2018 Para-rowing International Regatta in Gavirate, Italy (11-13 May), World Rowing Cup 1 in Belgrade, Serbia (1-3 June) and World Rowing Cup 2 in Linz-Ottersheim, Austria (22-24 June). Horrie’s international rowing season will then culminate in the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria in September.

Horrie said of his early selection:

“I’m very motivated after last year’s success and early selection provides me the opportunity to focus fully on preparing for the World Championships in September. I am looking forward to using the upcoming Nationals, as well as Gavirate and the World Cups as preparation ahead of the World Championships in Plovdiv.”

The 2018 Para-rowing selection trials take place at SIRC from 14 to 22 April, with the teams announced following the trials.

By Rowing Australia

Posted: 05/03/2018