Under-21 rower Tyron Boorman has helped lead the Australian team to a first-leg victory in the trans-Tasman competition.
The University of Canberra student was successful in the singles sculls, the Australian Quad and the Australian Eight, with the teams successfully capturing gold in all three events. Boorman said it was a leg the U-21s had struggled with in recent years.
“It’s great because last year we didn’t do too well in Australia. So this year we were a little nervous about how they would come out we assumed they would be a very strong contingent to beat, but we walked away a little up on them in the first leg of the series and it was a very good starting experience.” Boorman said
The yearly competition takes place over two legs, one in Australia and the other in New Zealand with the points over the two legs combined to declare an overall winner.
Boorman and his Australian teammates leave for New Zealand on September 5, hoping to maintain their 146-131 point advantage, a challenge Boorman is excited about.
“We assumed they would be a very strong contingent to beat ,” he said, “but we walked away a little up on them in the first leg of the series and it was a very good starting experience.
“The course is a bit different. Our course is very flat whereas New Zealand is very rough so the water conditions are not so good because it’s got a big lake, otherwise I’ve never been to New Zealand, so I’m not quite sure.”
This triumph is the latest success for Boorman, who comes from a football background. Boorman chose to take up rowing to keep up his fitness in year 8.
“I started in year 8 in conjunction with AFL,” Boorman said. “I was originally in AFL, I moved to Melbourne with a scholarship with rowing being more of an all-year sport and [with] my inclusion in the Australian team I decided to transition into rowing.”
In year 12 Boorman was awarded the Victorian School Sports Award for his efforts at the worlds, where he was the only medal holder from Australia collecting bronze in the doubles scull.
Boorman admits it was a difficult experience due to a because of his lack of knowledge of his competitors.
“It was definitely something that I’d thought about [collecting a medal] and something where you just race your race and hope you have got what it takes,” he said. “It’s hard because you don’t know how fast everyone else is, but it’s definitely a good step to show that you’ve got a bit of speed so you can definitely look on to the future and think this what I actually want to do.”
In New Zealand Boorman and bhis teammates will be trying to maintain their 146-131 point advantage.