Growing up on the water
As the 2019 World Rowing Championships approach, olympic.org looks back at how the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) impacted the careers of four young rowers who are poised to make a splash on the international stage in Ottensheim (Austria).
Rolandas Maščinskas (Lithuania)
Lithuania’s Rolandas Maščinskas became his country’s first ever YOG champion at Singapore 2010. This was only the start of his international career, as he soon competed at the Olympic Games London 2012 at the age of 19, finishing sixth in the men's double sculls. Being unable to compete at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 due to a fractured hand only left Maščinskas more determined to once again represent Lithuania on the world stage, and he will be ready to do his country proud in Ottensheim.
Caileigh Filmer (Canada)
At the YOG Nanjing 2014, Caileigh Filmer won a bronze medal in the coxless pair, before going on to represent Canada in the Rowing World Cup in 2016. That same year, she was selected to compete at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, placing fifth in the final of the women’s eight. However, her major breakthrough on the senior stage came in 2018, when she won World Championship gold in the coxless pair. Filmer will have her sights set on repeating that feat next week.
David Watts (Australia)
David Watts first competed for Australia at the 2008 Junior World Rowing Championships. Two years later, he achieved his first major medal at the inaugural YOG, placing third alongside his team-mate Matthew Cochran in the men’s pair. Watts has since gone on to represent his country at senior level, finishing seventh in the double sculls at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. After winning silver in the quadruple sculls at last year’s World Championships, the Australian will be looking to go one step better in Ottensheim.
Fiona Gammond (Great Britain)
Fiona Gammond and her Great Britain team-mate Georgia Howard-Merrill claimed a surprise gold medal at the YOG in 2010, just two weeks after winning gold at the Junior World Rowing Championships in the women’s eight. Gammond soon made the step up to the British senior squad, and will be looking for further success in Ottensheim, having won a silver medal in the World Rowing Cup at the same venue last year.