Kearney named Otago Junior Sportswoman of the Year

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Oamaru rower Johannah Kearney won the Otago Junior Sportswoman of the award in Dunedin on Friday.

Kearney was unable to attend the event but her twin sister Caitlin collected the award on the starlet’s behalf.

“It’s such an honour, it’s an honour to even be nominated with those other athletes,” she said.

The 20-year-old has been training in Cambridge for the upcoming Under-23 World Champs in Italy in July, after being selected to bow seat of the Under -23 coxless four in March.

The former St Kevin’s student said she is looking forward to the World Champs and is preparing well ahead of her trip to Europe.

” I’m so excited to have this opportunity to race again as a part of the 23 team and to build on last year’s campaign,” she said.

“The first few weeks we have been working on getting the boat up and running smoothly.

“So far we have covered around 1300km on the water, bike and erg and with two strength and conditioning sessions a week, I have had some huge improvements in training, especially on the erg and lifting in the gym.

“We are currently half way through our training phase in New Zealand, we are starting the countdown to leaving for Italy.”

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES.

TOP EFFORT: Oamaru’s Johannah Kearney won the Otago Junior Sportswoman of the award on Friday.