University of Melbourne alumna Kim Crow on the podium. Photo: Rowing Australia
A University of Melbourne Olympic rowing champion says fellow alumna Kim Crow’s gold medal at this past weekend’s 2015 World Rowing Championships is great preparation for the 2016 Olympics.
Crow (BA Media Comm / Law) won back the Women’s Single Sculls title with a strong performance at Aiguebelette, France, crossing the line in 7 minutes and 38 seconds.
Melbourne University Boat Club (MUBC) President Peter Antonie OAM, who won gold in the Men’s Double Scull at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, said he was delighted with Crow’s form in the lead-up to the Rio Olympics, stating, “She looks to be in the best form she’s ever been in. To win a World Championship so comfortably was a standout at the regatta.
“It augurs well for next year, and it just continues the great story of Kim as a Melbourne Uni student, learning to row at MUBC with the assistance of MU Sport and off to the big time,” he continued.
Antonie wished Crow well for her journey to Rio off the back of her two Olympic medals from London in 2012. Stating how proud MUBC is of her, Atonie said, “In respect of current and prospective members, there would not be a better role model for us all to have, as evidenced by Kim’s success in international rowing but also in academia and her career.”
Crow described her recent win in a Rowing Australia press conference as ‘really special.’
“‘I think I’ve been around long enough to know that in the pre-Olympic year and the Olympic year, a lot of people really step up and it’s always a mistake to use past form to suggest how a result is going to pan out,’” she continued.
“‘So for me today, it was really about staying calm and executing my race, and I think I did that so I’m happy.’”
In other results, MUBC’s William Lockwood won silver in the Men’s Four, while Karsten Forsterling (MUBC) and another University of Melbourne alumnus David Crawshay (BA Hons) won silver in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls.
Antonie said he was “very proud” of MUBC’s efforts overall.
“We congratulate them on, one, making the Australian team in a pre-Olympic year and, two, their achievements at the World Championships. We wish them all the best in their continued preparations for the Rio Olympic Games,” he said.
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