Our world champion

Anthony Edwards

OLYMPIAN Anthony Edwards has returned home to the Derwent Valley with a new title: world champion. The Molesworth man struck gold in an awesome performance at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, earlier this month.

Edwards was a member of the Australian lightweight men’s four crew, along with fellow Tasmanian Sam Beltz and West Australians Todd Skipworth and Ben Cureton. The gold medal was Australia’s first in this category since 1981.

The victory was extra sweet for Edwards, 38, who during his career had picked up a combined total of seven Olympic and world championship silver and bronze medals, but never a gold. He described the gold medal as a dream come true.

“It’s absolutely the sweetest thing you could ever get,” he said. “I knew this would be my last go at a world championships but I knew we had the speed. “I had a look a stroke to go before the line and knew we had it. We had pure confidence in each other and knew that if we got it right anything could happen. We can now knuckle down before next year with our coach Brett [Crow] and plan our campaign for London.”

Read the Mercury newspaper’s interview with Anthony Edwards here.

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