Premier congratulates our rowers

Kate and Sarah at the Olympics

TASMANIAN premier Lara Giddings has congratulated the state’s rowers on their courageous performances in the Olympic rowing finals. Ms Giddings singled out Molesworth’s Kate Hornsey and her spectacular effort to seize silver in the final of the women’s pairs with Sarah Tait.

The women’s quad scull crew, including Kerry Hore and Dana Faletic, narrowly missed out on the bronze medal, while Anthony Edwards’ lightweight four also finished in fourth place.

“Kate is competing in her second Olympics and after finishing sixth in the women’s eight in Beijing, [this] silver medal is fitting reward for a lot of hard work,” Ms Giddings said. “It was a nail-biting race and it is a tribute to the skill and determination of the pair that they managed to fight their way into the medals.” 

“Congratulations should also go to Kerry and Dana who put in an outstanding performance and only just missed out on a spot on the podium,” Ms Giddings said. The premier also congratulated the Australian Lightweight Four crew of Sam Beltz, Anthony Edwards, Todd Skipworth and Ben Cureton who narrowly missed out on a medal in the Olympic final. “This was a gallant performance by a team which is based in Tasmania and features two Tasmanian athletes, Sam and Anthony,” she said. “The margins in rowing are often incredibly tight and Tasmanians will share the heartbreak of the crew after they came so close to winning a medal.”

Ms Giddings said the strong performances are a great reflection of the superb rowing program at the Tasmanian Institute of Sport that continues to produce Olympic medallists and world champions. “For Tasmania, with a population of just half a million people, to continually produce champions [like these] speaks volumes for the role that sport plays in our community and for the pathways we have developed to nurture our young, talented athletes.”

At a Derwent Valley Council workshop last night, deputy mayor Barry Lathey asked for an appropriate recognition of our rowers’ achievements to be made on their return.

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