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Scown happy to row on to Tokyo Olympics

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/01/2017

Double Olympic medallist Rebecca Scown is enjoying being back in the boat after deciding not to take a sabbatical as she targets the 2020 games in Tokyo.

The 33-year-old won a silver medal in the women's coxless pair with Genevieve Behrent in Rio, following up her bronze medal with Juliette Drysdale (nee Haigh) at London in the same event.

"I had a little bit of a break and decided I just enjoyed rowing and the lifestyle" Scown said told NZ Newswire.

She returned to competitive action with a third placing alongside Kayla Pratt at the North Island Championships at Lake Karapiro.

With double Olympic champions Mahe Drysdale, Eric Murray and Hamish Bond all taking this year off competition, Scown wants to step up and help the younger athletes develop in the sport.

"I really like that part, having gone through my career and learned a lot.

"It's an enjoyable and satisfying thing for me if I can impart a little bit of knowledge or help the girls to bring them up to the level they need to be for international racing."

The double world championship winner is unsure about which crew she will be racing in this year.

The choice is largely out of her hands "but you always want to be in the boat that is going the fastest."

She is excited about the prospect of Rowing New Zealand introducing a women's four to the international stage this year, which would emphasise an expanding depth.

Scown would relish another crack at the Kiwi women's eights, who finished fourth in their maiden Olympic appearance last year.

"We were disappointed not being on the podium but if you look at what we achieved with a young group in a short space of time it was quite remarkable" she said.

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