Life?s heading right direction for Matt
By HUGH KEARNEY
THINGS are going to plan for Tweed rower Matt Bolster.
The 22-year-old is currently in Tasmania training for the World Under-23 Championships after being selected to represent Australia in the lightweight quad sculls.
Bolster earned his place in the national team after claiming the silver medal in the U23 lightweight sculls on the Olympic course at Penrith in April.
He will train at Launceston with teammates Blair Tunevitch (Tas), Darren Purcell (Qld) and Hugh McLeod (NSW) for eight weeks before heading to the world titles on July 2.
Bolster started rowing at Tweed Heads at the age of 12, but it wasn't until his final two years at school he thought he might be a chance of getting an Australian jersey.
The law student said he was not so much surprised by his selection as relieved.
Bolster rowed in the first eight for Riverview in the Sydney GPS series during his final year at school, so is no stranger to multi-crew boats.
For straight speed the quad scull, where each of the four rowers uses two oars, is second only to the massive eight.
The lightweight quad requires the crew be an average weight of 70kg and no one crew member can weigh more than 72.5kg.
Bolster said his regular training weight was 73kg, but in the last two weeks of training he would adjust his food intake and training schedule to achieve a racing weight of spot on 70kg.
Bolster, who has deferred studies towards a law degree at Bond University for a semester so he can contest the world U23 titles, said training in Tasmania was going well.
"We are working well as a team, doing everything together, and that's crucial for the quad," Bolster said.