Rowing Gold medalist to help Sri Lanka

Rowing Olympic Gold medalist Mahe Drysdale says he sees potential for rowing in Sri Lanka.

The champion is in Sri Lanka to help boost rowing among schools, especially among students of Royal College in Colombo.

Drysdale, a five time world rowing champion from New Zealand, won the Gold medal in the rowing single sculls event at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Drysdale, who is known as the “grandpa” of rowing as he is in his mid 30s, said that he hopes to encourage Sri Lankan school children to take up rowing as a sport.

“During my stay in Sri Lanka I hope to meet young oarsmen and women, share my experiences with them and share techniques that can help improve performance and maybe clinch Gold in the next Olympics,” he told reporters at the start of his visit to Sri Lanka today.

His visit to Sri Lanka was sponsored by t-sips, a company which has been associated with the Royal – Thomian regatta for over three years.

Drysdale first went to the Olympics in 2004, when he finished fifth in the coxless pair.

He then went on to take the bronze in the single sculls in Beijing in 2008 despite being severely affected by a gastrointestinal infection.

“You don’t have to be special to be an Olympic Champion,” he told reporters in Colombo.

Report by Easwaran Rutnam