Tweed crew get cracking

By TANIA PHILLIPS

OLYMPIC hopefuls Matthew Bolster and Tara Kelly will start their 2007 rowing campaign over the next two weeks.

Bolster and fellow Tweed Heads Rowing Club member Martina Smidt and their coach Licoln Handley all head to Sydney this weekend for the NSW state rowing titles.

However Kelly, the current Australian light weight sculls champion, has a university exam this week and is unable to go.

"She is going to go to the Victorian State titles the following week," Handley said.

"She is rowing in a double with a Victorian Institute of Sport rower - who came up here earlier in the year to train and now Tara will go down to race in Victoria with her." Handley said both events would be warm-up events for the Australian Titles in Victoria just a week after the Victorian titles.

Handley said Smidt, who only moved to the Tweed from Maclean last year, would race in the under-23 single and double scull and the open single scull while Bolster, a member of the Australian under 23 quad scull world title-winners, will step up into open ranks for the open light weight single sculls at this weekend's NSW titles.

This will be the start of a big year for Bolster and Kelly in particular. The pair have been named in the Olympic Shadow team for 2008. A large squad has been picked from talented rowers from around Australia and it will eventually be reduced down to the required number in time for the Beijing games next year.



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