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Novice rower makes selection in Sydney crew for Boat Race

on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 23:17

David Bartholot started engineering last year after an interest in the sport of rowing led him to transfer his course to Sydney University.

Rowing is hard to master at a high level immediately but David has shown patience, perseverance and the dedication required to get to the top level. This week David was rewarded with selection in the Sydney Men’s Australian Boat Race crew. His selection followed soon after he was named “Novice of the Year” by Rowing New South Wales.

David’s development started under Coach Mark Prater and continued under Tom Sacre in the second half of 2015. This year in 2016, with Mark away coaching on the Olympic Team, David has come under the direction of our newest coach, Dustyn Butler.

After a short winter break hiking in the Himalayas David returned to training and was part of the 2016 University Games team. There, he joined another “novice” at Sydney University Boat Club, Jayson Gilchrist, to take silver in the double sculls.

The race on Sunday will be the first time David has raced in a match event and over the longer distance of 4.4 kms rather than the usual 2.0 kms.

When we chatted with David after training this morning he announced he “was ready to go” for Sunday. “I’ve never rowed just one on one before – I think I’ll have to put the other crew (Melbourne) out of my mind and try and row the best I can within my own boat.”

David will fill the important No 5 seat in the Sydney University men’s Australian Boat Race crew next Sunday 23rd October.

The women’s eights will start at Woolwich at 9.00 am and the men’s eights are at 9.40am.