Plunket brothers shine in Amsterdam

Plunket brothers shine in Amsterdam
July 04 13:46 2018

Staff Reporter

The 17 year old future Olympic twin brothers, Rory and Patrick Plunket who travelled to Amsterdam, Holland last weekend to compete in the prestigious Holland- Bekker rowing regatta raised the Zimbabwe flag high by winning the  Gold Medal and Silver Trophy.

In a hard fought Junior Men’s Double scull (2x) Final the Plunket twins triumphed over their Dutch and International competitors winning the Gold Medal and Silver Trophy.

The following day Rory and Patrick won the U23 2x B by a massive 17 seconds margine.

The Holland-Bekker rowing regatta is in its 125th year and this year’s event attracted World Champion Rowers such as Gold Medalist and five time World Champion New Zealander Mahe’ Drysdale  and the current World Champion and this year’s Holland Bekker  single scull winner, famous Czech rower, Onej Synek.

In an interview over the phone with Diplomat Magazine the twin brothers’ father Lord Plunket said it was an honour not for his family alone but the country as a whole for raising our flag high among the world champions.

“Rowing has been a part of the Olympic Games since it started in 1896. We need more people to take up rowing in Zimbabwe and it’s an honour to my family and for the country to have our flag raised high,” Lord Plunket said.

He added that the brothers are travelling to Czech Republic as part of the Zimbabwe National Rowing Squad along with fellow rowers Kenneth Raynor and Lorryn Bass in August to compete in the Junior World Rowing Championships.


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