Mercer Rowing Club 17 year old heading to the National Junior Trials at Lake Karapiro.

Regan Bernasconi will soon find out if he has what it takes to become a part of the New Zealand junior rowing squad. 

The 17-year-old of Mercer Rowing Club will head to the national junior trials at Lake Karapiro next week. Just 26 youngsters have been selected to trial, based on their results over the past season. 

Around 15 rowers will then be chosen to train for World Junior Rowing Championships in Lithuania, who will be announced in August. 

Bernasconi has had his best season yet, after placing fifth in the A final at Maadi Cup earlier this year. He said being selected to trial was an amazing feeling. 

"I was really hoping I would get into it and when mum and I looked at the website we saw my name and I was quite surprised. I felt like a whole lot of weight had been lifted off my shoulders - the pressure was gone.

"I'm feeling pretty good, I was quite impressed how I got in, but it's a great opportunity for me to get selected to trial.

Working on his technique has been a priority to ensure he gives the trials his best shot. 

"I'm trying to keep my arms straight at the catch, that's what I'm focussing on at the moment, and locking up at the core. It'll help make it easier on myself to make the boat move as fast as I can get it moving."

He said if he did not make the squad, he would be more than happy to come back with more knowledge about the sport. 

"I've already achieved my goal this year, which was to get in to trial - the icing on the cake would be to get into the junior rowing team.

Bernasconi, who has been rowing for four years, said it was because of his family support that he was able to get as far as he has. 

"Thanks to mum and dad for really being there for me, and everyone in the club for supporting me during races and tough times."


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