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Wellington student rows her way to America

Sep 30th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News, Sport

WELLINGTON Girls College student Tayler Gall is such a good rower she had four US universities chasing her with scholarship offers.

She chose Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, partly because there are already four other Kiwi students there among a student population of about 30,000.

“They seemed to be loving it and having an amazing time, when I visited them last year,” says Tayler, who has won a full scholarship to go there.

It will cover tuition, board, food, everything, says the 18-year-old, who returned home from this year’s Maadi Cup secondary schools regatta bedecked with medals.

She and her doubles partner, Jessica Paton, won silver in the under-18 doubles scull, she also won silver in the quad, bronze in the fours and came fourth in the pairs

These are the first rowing medals the college has won in 20 years.

Tayler comes from a sporting family and started rowing at the age of 13.

“My family is into sports, so I have grown up in a really sporty environment,” she says.

Coach Alan Greer says Tayler has been one of the best rowers in Wellington Girls College for a while.

“She had more places than anyone else for the last two years,” he says. 

Tayler says she is looking forward to the big change at university and is the least bit terrified: “As I get older New Zealand seems to be so small, and America is huge.”

In her last year of school, she plans to do a degree in exercise science and psychology and aspires to one day coach rowing overseas.

TOP ROWER: Tayler Gall at the Boatshed on Wellington waterfront.

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