We have been training with the crew two to three times each day and for up to three hours, six days a week.Peter Lancashire
HE is a former Port Macquarie student, but Peter Lancashire is currently competing on the world stage at the junior rowing championships in Rotterdam.
The 16-year-old former St Columba Anglican School student is competing with the Canadian Junior Rowing team in the World Rowing Junior Championships.
Peter, whose parents Jan and Bill live in Port Macquarie, had his start in rowing at age 13 years with the Port Macquarie Rowing Club.
Along with his elder sister Johanna, the pair still row for the club when they are back in Australia.
Since 2014 Peter, whose mother is Canadian, has been attending the famous Brentwood College on Vancouver Island, known both for its excellent academic record and its rowing program, which has produced an incredible 22 rowing Olympians.
At school, Peter quickly came through the ranks and in 2015 won gold medals in both the Junior Men's quad sculls and the Junior Men's Eight at the Canadian National Championships in Ontario.
In early June 2016 Peter attended the National Team trials for Canada and was selected for the Men's coxless fours to compete at the Junior World's.
“We have been training with the crew two to three times each day and for up to three hours, six days a week,” Peter said.
“So the coaching staff are not leaving anything to chance. It has been an incredible mental and physical challenge.”
Selection for such a crew is a fantastic achievement, particularly as Peter is still only 16 years. Junior competitors must be under 18 on December 31 in the year they compete.
Peter and his team competed on Wednesday (Rotterdam time) with the semi finals on Saturday and the finals on Sunday.