19 May 2017
(Photo courtesy of North Esk Rowing Club)
Bird rowing AMG after eight medals at Worlds
Tasmanian local Patrick Bird dominated the rowing scene at the recent World Masters Games in Auckland and is set to compete at the Australian Masters Games in his home state this October.
The 41-year-old from Launceston who now lives in Hobart is still a competitive rower for the North Esk Rowing Club after taking up the sport at the age of just nine.
“I started coxing when I was nine, and when I got too big to cox, started rowing when I was about eleven,” Bird said.
“I’m still trying to win state championships at club level, some years are better than others.
“I am intending on competing at the Australian Masters Games.”
Across the twelve different categories he raced in New Zealand for World Masters Games he won eight medals, including gold in the B2-, B4+, Mix C2x and Mix B8+ events.
Like most that attend a Masters Games, Bird is competitive and will undoubtedly be looking to pick up another slew of medals later this year on familiar water at Lake Barrington in Tasmania’s North West.
“I enjoy the half distance races as it makes for high intensity close racing,” Bird said of the masters’ program.
“It's still very competitive without being elite level.
“All my crew events, aside from Mix C2x, were composite so I spent a lot of time training with the boys from University of Tasmania in fours and pairs.
“It's a long way to travel to not bring home medals, so we made sure we were prepared.”
Bird still trains hard in the boat during the racing season with North Esk and will keep fit throughout the winter months in the gym or doing some sort of cross training activity.
“Depending on how close the Rowing season is, I will do mostly gym work through the winter, with some multi-sport events such as running, kayaking or riding as cross training,” he explained.
“As the season approaches, and through the summer, I will train in the boat about four times a week, along with erg and gym sessions.”
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