5 QUESTIONS WITH… Macaela Turfus

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Turfus looking beyond U21s

New Zealand under-21 rower
Macaela Turfus.

Q You are in the New Zealand under-21 rowing team. How did it feel to be named in the team?
It felt pretty awesome to be named in the team. I went up to the trial not really expecting much, so was definitely stoked when I found out I made the team.
Q You have already competed once. How did you go and what are your goals for the next competition?
I have recently returned from Australia after competing in the first leg of the under-21 transtasman regatta in Penrith. Unfortunately, Australia is on top with points, although New Zealand walked away with a handful of medals, including myself winning gold in the coxless quadruple scull. I also competed in the lightweight double and eight but was unsuccessful in beating Australia. The points from the first round which stand as; Australia (146 points) to NewZealand (131 points) will carry over to the second round of the series to be conducted at Lake Karapiro from September 8-10. The country with the most points at the conclusion of the second round is deemed the overall winner. My goals for the next lot of racing is to improve on my previous results and most importantly — beat Australia.
Q What preparation went into making the New Zealand team? Did you expect to make it?
Before the New Zealand under-21 trial I trialled for the under-18 South Island team. Unfortunately I was not selected but from here I really trained hard to better my technique to improve my racing. Personally, I did not expect to make the team, but was willing to give it a good crack. I was lucky to have such huge support. I’d like to say a huge thank you to the community for all the support and donations towards my rowing. The support helps immensely and is greatly appreciated.
QWhat goals do you have for the upcoming rowing season? Any big ambitions?
This upcoming rowing season I am hoping to be selected into the Southern Regional Performance Centre (SRPC), where I would undergo rowing training. One of my big ambitions would be to make another New Zealand team.
Q When you’re not in a boat, what else do you enjoy doing? What are your plans for next year?
When I’m not in the boat I’ll probably be in the gym or on the erg [rowing machine] training, although when not training I enjoy chilling out with mates, baking and catching up with school work. Next year I plan on going to Christchurch and studying human nutrition at the polytech.