Anneka on world stage

DERWENT Valley rower Anneka Reardon has again been selected to represent Australia and international competitions.

In March Anneka and her partner Lucy Coleman were selected after a gruelling week of trials
to represent the country in the lightweight double scull in both World Cup II in Varese, Italy, in June and the World Cup III in Luzern, Switzerland, in July.

The World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in September will be an opportunity for the pair to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

“Australia hasn’t qualified for this event at the Olympics since 2012 so they will be looking to try and change this,’’ Anneka’s mother Monique Reardon said.

At the Australian Rowing Championships held in Perth last month, Anneka won four medals gold in lightweight quad, silver in lightweight single scull, bronze in the open women’s heavyweight double scull and silver in the lightweight quad for the Interstate Regatta.

In the Kings and Queens Cup Interstate Regatta, Tasmania had crews in five of the 10 events with the women’s lightweight quad the only medal won by Tasmania.

Anneka grew up in Plenty where here family still live. She went to school at St Brigid’s in New Norfolk and then later in Hobart followed by UTAS to study nursing. When not training Anneka works as a nurse at the Nepean Hospital.

Lucy Coleman is from NSW and is also from a small farming community north of Moree.