Time for California dreaming for SASI's rising star

17 June 2019

Angus Dawson

ANGUS Dawson is just 18 years old and used to life's routines in Adelaide and more recently, Melbourne.

But in September (2019) Dawson will leave the comforts of his family and Australia and head to UC (University of California) Berkeley for a four-year scholarship in rowing and business administration.

Dawson said the chance to head to the US mainly came about when he was a student at St Peters College.

"I didn't know at the time but some colleges came out last year in February to watch me and others train/compete and offered a scholarship after contacting Saints' rowing director Tim Hennessy to see if I would be interested," Dawson said.

"So when I felt it might be a reality we went over (US) in October last year and checked out various colleges and settled on UC Berkeley.

"The university has a great balance of work and rowing and felt right.

"It is a new experience and should be good. I have had great support from (SASI) Jason Lane and Christine McLaren and my family who will back me 100 percent.

"I will probably live just outside the campus with some other rowers. At the moment it is a case of excitement and nerves.

"I'm really just trying to take it one step at a time. Once Berkeley was sorted it was time to focus on making the under-23 team.

"Soon I will be going to a training camp in Penrith, then to the rowing titles in Sarasota, Florida (between July 24 to 28).

"I hope to come back (Australia) and compete in some competitions but at this stage I don't think I would be any chance to be in the running for next year's Olympics, maybe 2024 might be a better chance.''

Dawson is among four SASI athletes named in various disciplines for the coming world titles.

He was selected in the Men's Coxed Four, while Mitchell Reinhard earned his berth in the Lightweight Men's Double Scull.

Celia Cowan is a reserve in the Under-21 Women's Lightweight Single Sculls, while Oscar McGuinness will compete in the Trans-Tasman series in the Under-21 men's Lightweight Single Sculls. That series will be held over two legs with the first in Penrith, NSW, between June 27 and 29, while the return contest will be at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand, between August 22 and 24.

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