Anneka grabs silver

LOCAL rower Anneka Reardon and her doubles partner have won silver at the World Cup II in Poland. Selected earlier this year for the Australian Rowing Team, Reardon and lightweight double scull partner Lucy Coleman of New South Wales took out second place in a thrilling event.

Born and raised in Plenty in the Derwent Valley, Reardon, 24, is now based at the National Training Centre in NSW. It has only been two months since Reardon relocated to the Penrith Centre and it was only her third race with Coleman.

Some of their competitors have been together for up to 10 years, with the winners, USA, coming fifth in the Olympics last year. Rowing Australia described the final as a thrilling event for Australian senior racing debutantes Anneka Reardon and Lucy Coleman.

“The two had a measured start, staying in contact with the field in fourth position, but built momentum throughout the race.

“In a dash for the line, the two young scullers pushed through to finish in second place, nabbing the silver.’’

The pair will compete at the World Cup III in Lucerne Switzerland next month. Reardon is a former St Bridget’s Catholic School student and took up rowing at 14 and for eight years was trained by her Dad, Mick Reardon. During this time she won many Tasmanian state championships, was the Tasmanian junior oarswomen of the year in 2015, stroked the Tasmania youth eight two years in a row. When not training Reardon is an emergency department nurse.