SASI rowers feel heat in Penrith

17 Feb 2017

Young South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) rowers were part of a record-breaking event last Saturday at the New South Wales Rowing Championships.

But it wasn't so much for their results on the water but for being in Penrith when it recorded what is believed to be its hottest day ever, 47 degrees C.

SASI Head Rowing Coach Jason Lane said it was a testing weekend.

"It was the hottest conditions that I have come across,'' he said.

"And on the Saturday it was believed to be the hottest day ever in Penrith when it hit 47. We did our best to keep our team as cool with ice packs and hydrated. But we had some good efforts despite the tough conditions.''

A big percentage of the events, mainly aimed at the very young rowers, were cancelled with racing on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 7am.

SASI athletes were involved in four gold medals, three silver and two bronze medals. Verayna Zilm and Olympia Aldersey were among the stars for the SASI team with five medals between them.

The non-selection meet was seen as important to fine tune for the national championships at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) between Monday, March 27, and Sunday, April 2.

That event will then qualify athletes to compete at the national under 19, 21 and 23 team selection events at SIRC between April 24 and 30. The best of those rowers will be selected for the various world cups in seniors, under-23s and under-19s later in the year.

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