Silver medal and domestic bliss a win for Altschwager

4 October 2018

JED Altschwager has wasted little time in basking in the excitement of winning a silver medal at the recent FISA World Rowing Championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Not long after teaming with James Talbot to grab a silver medal in the inaugural PR3 men's pair at a world title, Altschwager, 32, was heading home to help wife Jessica and their two-year-old son Wolfgang with the usual domestic chores of a young family.

"I just love the daily stuff and to be around Jess and Wolfgang is special," Altschwager said.

"We have a little one on the way and due early next year so it is exciting for us. To have the support of Jess and to have that family support really helps to keep me grounded."

Altschwager said his result with Talbot in Bulgaria, where the duo was beaten by the seasoned Canadain team but finished clear of third-placed France, was a fantastic experience.

"To win silver with the lack of experience James and I had has given us a lot of confidence going forward," Altschwager said.

"And to have that result in the first time a men's pair had been at a world championship was rewarding.

"The Canadians had had a lot of racing under their belts. We thought fourth or third would be good.

"We had a good training block in Italy in the lead up but I am greatful for all of the work Jason (Lane) has put into me. It has been fantastic. My category being so small makes it hard to try to capitalise on the best preparation.

"I feel that we have a huge amount of upside with the big picture for us being Tokyo."

Altschwager said the Australian team's emphasis was to field a mixed fours and then a pair combination if the numbers work out.

Among the next big events Altschwager and team will target include the New South Wales state championships in February next year. The 2019 world titles in nearly 12 months will serve as a selection/pre-qualifying event for Tokyo.

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