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GAP Participant Tim Widdicombe to Row for Australia
3 August 2010

Some oarsome news: Tim Widdicombe to row for Australia

Tim Widdicombe had a particularly rapid rise from GAP athlete to Australian representative.

The 20-year-old lightweight rower attended an Advanced GAP camp at the Department of Sport and Recreation in Leederville on April 9. And just a few short weeks later he was named in the national team to attend the Under 23 World Championships.


"I was absolutely gobsmacked to find out I’d made the team,” Widdicombe revealed. "I didn’t think my results (at the selection trials) had been good enough, but the selectors put their faith in me,” he added.


Fast forward a couple of (bitterly cold Perth) months and Widdicombe is now soaking up the European rays. He and his three team-mates from Victoria, as well as the whole Australian Under 23 team, will race in Brest, Belarus from 22-25 July.


Widdicombe, who was always an active kid, first picked up an oar as a Year 8 Hale schoolboy. And while he admitted his physique didn’t naturally lend itself to rowing initially, he was passionate about the sport. 


"I was a small skinny kid who didn’t quite have the same power as the other kids, but I absolutely loved rowing,” Widdicombe said. "In year 8 I would have to plead with the coaches not to put me in the coxswain seat.”


"In my first year of racing I was always put in the lowest ranked crew,” he recalled. "But I stuck with it and moved up from there.”


"I never thought in my wildest dreams that six years later I would be going to the world championships.”


Being a lightweight means Widdicombe has to weigh in at 70 kilograms on race day. To do this he says he sticks to "healthy foods such as fruit” when he is snacking between meals.

Article by Amber Bradley

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