Leander Rowers win golds in Australian Youth Olympics

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Photo: Jack Beaumont from Leander who took gold in the single sculls © GB Rowing Team

Benjamin Board and Jamie Copus from Leander representing GB, came back from a length down to win gold in the lightweight men’s double scull at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival today in 6:6.67, prompting team manager Richard Boulton to liken them to the GB Rowing Team’s 2008 Olympic Champions Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase.

“It was a very exciting race and reminiscent of Hunter and
Purchase’s 2011 World Championships victory”, said Boulton of the duo’s victory of New Zealand today.

“We knew that if we rowed well we would have a very, very good chance of winning”, said Copus a 2011 World Junior Championships silver medallist in the eight. “So we stuck to our guns and just held on there and then chose the moment to go we just went and didn’t stop until we were ahead”.

Britain, competing here as part of a Team GB set-up, also took a one-two in the men’s single scull with Leander’s Jack Beaumont coming home ahead of his team-mate Luke Moon of Tideway Scullers.