Annabelle’s passion for rowing in no danger of waning

ANNABELLE McIntyre thinks she will never get sick of rowing after becoming the only West Australian to make the Under 21 Australian team.

It has been an amazing few months for the Hamilton Hill athlete, having won gold in the U21 Women�s single scull at the Australian Open Rowing Championships in March.

Her success preceded an invitation to try out for the national team, in which she was successful last week.

The 18-year-old up-and-comer from Fremantle Rowing Club, which is based in East Fremantle, will now compete in the Trans-Tasman Challenge Regatta Series in July and August in the women�s sculling category.

Despite the accolades that have come her way, Ms McIntyre is still relatively new to the sport � having started rowing in 2013 after Fremantle Rowing Club coach Chris Holliday saw the potential in her and her sister Rebecca.

She said she loved being a part of the sport and was excited about being a part of the national team.

�In WA, rowing isn’t really a big sport so you get to know your competitors quite well � who�s faster than you, who�s slower and the people that are your speed,� she said.

�Like most other sports in WA, we’re quite isolated from other competitors in other states because of travel costs so, unlike the eastern states, we aren’t really able to race other competitors.

�I want to take rowing as far as possible because at the moment I�m still thinking �I will never, ever get sick of this sport�.

�Until that changes I�ll continue to compete.�