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Rowers sell books to become champs

Jul 5th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, Sport

CHAMPS TO BE: Joe Wright (left) and Tufi Sele at the Lake Karapiro training camp.

TWO young Wellington rowers are doing whatever it takes to pay for their chance to compete at a world championship level.

Tufi Sele (21) and Joe Wright (19) – who compete in coxed four and coxless quad – are in the New Zealand team competing at the World Under-23 Rowing Championships in Amsterdam next month.

The boys and their families are holding a book fair next Saturday, where they will sell donated books and use the profits to fund the tour.

The pair, who will represent the Central Rowing Performance Centre, need to raise at least $7500 each towards the cost of flights, accommodation and expenses, as well as funding costs during training.

The NZ under-23 rowing team is training at Lake Karapiro leading up to the tour, and members have to pay their own way there, despite being unable to work because of training obligations.

Sele’s mother, Ann Bateman, says her son and Joe have received Prime Minister’s Scholarships of $2000 through SPARC (Sport and Recreation NZ), have applied for grants and have held a quiz night, but it is the parents who have had to foot most of the bill.

The parents will be paying the cost of the trip, but hope to be reimbursed some of that from the fundraising/grants/scholarships and the book fair.

“It is a tough road for [them], needing to train very intensively, and they rely heavily on parental support,” she says.

“[They are seen] as great role models for the young ones coming though their [rowing] programme.”

The book fair is being held on Saturday, July 9, from 10am to 2pm at the Wellington Rowing Club on the Wellington waterfront. The world championships take place from July 21 until July 24.

TRAINING HARD: Sele and Wright practising with the team on Lake Karapiro.

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  1. Its Coxless quad and coxed Four CORRECTION!

  2. Thanks Rob. We did try to find out from various websites, etc, but it’s not very clear. I guess we should have gone back to the rowers themselves.
    Jim Tucker

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