Australian David Watts will take to the water of Rio in August to represent
Australia in the Men’s Double Sculls alongside Chris Morgan.
began rowing in high school, having taken part in a talent identification session
and hasn’t looked back since.
swam and was quite competitive and then, when I was at Churchlands Senior high
school, the Western Australian Institute of Sport came to the school doing a
generic test for athlete capability and essentially I got sent a letter after
that saying that I would be suited to rowing and that I should go in for
developed from there and I got picked into a squad of 16 kids all of very
different backgrounds who all had ambitions to row. From there, I fell in love
with the sport and joined a club and also continued to work with WAIS to
achieve my goal of being an Olympic rower.”
With the Olympic
Games just nine days away, Watts cannot wait to get on the waters of Lagoa de
Freitas and get racing with his doubles partner, two-time Olympian, and London
2012 bronze medallist, Chris Morgan.
"The Olympics is
the pinnacle event on a global stage and it is the ultimate achievement in
rowing to be able to represent your country at the Games. I hope that Chris and
I are able to lay down the best possible performances in each of races
throughout the Olympic regatta.”
spoken extensively about the Games, we both feel we are there to do a job and
do it well. I think Chris has seen that I am a focused individual, at previous
regattas, but I also know that if at any point I feel overwhelmed he’s got my
coached by Andrew Randell, have been working hard at the AIS European Training
Centre to further improve on their past performances: "We’ve made a lot of
positive changes in Poznan and have increased our confidence in turn, it’s been
great to have such a consistent period of time away in a quality training
environment with the best possible support.”
With the Games
just around the corner, Watts is looking forward to not only getting out on the
water but also supporting his fellow Australian Olympic Team members.
"No doubt, I’m
looking forward to racing the most. Ultimately, that’s what I am there to do,
and my focus will be on performing, with Chris, the best we possibly can at the
regatta and then I’ll take a step back and take in the Olympic experience.
"In the last
three years I’ve been living and training in Canberra, based at the AIS, and
I’m excited to see so many of my fellow AIS scholarship holders in Rio. It will
be great to be able to support them in the second week.”