Taylor headed for the top: coach

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You have not seen the last of Oamaru rower Mark Taylor in a black singlet.
That is the considered opinion of Taylor’s coach, Oamaru rowing stalwart Owen Gould, who was delighted with his young charge’s performances on his international debut.
Taylor (17) was part of the New Zealand junior men’s quad that finished fifth at the world junior championships in Rotterdam at the weekend.
The strapping Waitaki Boys’ High School pupil filled the bow seat and impressed his coach, who watched the action unfold over the internet.
“Mark rowed extremely well, and the four boys rowed well together and worked their butts off,” Gould said.
The New Zealand crew was second in its heat (fifth fastest overall), first in its quarterfinal (fastest overall) and second in its semifinal (third fastest overall), and reached the A final alongside five other crews.
The New Zealanders finished fifth in the final in a time of 6min 9.6sec, about 12sec behind the winning Czech Republic crew.
Gould said conditions were exceptionally difficult on the Willem-Alexander Baan course.
“It was horrendous weather – screaming tail wind, very big chop and everything. So it became a bit of a lottery, really.
“Fifth in the world is an excellent effort. Just getting to an A final when there are 25 or 26 boats in an event is a great performance.”
Taylor was already a level-headed young man but would have matured greatly after his two months in camp in Cambridge and his first taste of international rowing, Gould said.
“He’s been in a professional environment with a lot of rowers who are very ambitious. When you get to that level, everyone is trying to achieve the same thing.
“He has stepped up, and he will have a different outlook on his future now.
“It definitely won’t be the last time you see Mark at an international regatta. He’ll be there. I think his goal will be Tokyo 2020.”