Training hard to compete in China

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Former Oamaru rower Maysie Scott continues to make waves in her chosen sport.
The former Waitaki Girls’ High School pupil, who now lives in Dunedin, has been selected to row with the University of Otago women’s eight at an international universities regatta in Changsha, China, next month. Scott has been in outstanding form and was recently one of four members of the Otago University women’s eight selected for the New Zealand Universities team to compete against an Australian Universities team in a tri-series regatta in Queenstown and Dunedin. The coxed New Zealand crew comfortably beat its Australian rival. Scott was also part of the Otago University coxless eight that won the women’s A championship final at the University rowing championships in April.
In February, she finished third with Sydney Telfer in the A final of the women’s club double scull at the New Zealand championships at Lake Karapiro. As well as being selected for the Otago University and New Zealand Universities squads, she has also represented her country at youth level, in the women’s eight and lightweight quad. Scott said she was looking forward to racing in China for the first time.
“We’ve had a long training process so it will be good to get over there and get in the warmth.
“It’s a good opportunity _ personally, I would like to see a lot of China and get the best result we can, because we’ve been training for so long.” She said the competition would be of a “really high level” and she was taking a wait-and-see approach in terms of results. “We haven’t set physical goals. We’re not really sure how we are going to stack up, so we’re just going to do the best we can.”
Rowing has consumed Scott’s life for the past two years, whether it be rowing at club level in Oamaru, university level in Otago or national level for New Zealand. She said her goal was to continuing winning national honours. “I would like to keep representing New Zealand and getting to the highest level I can.”