Only 3 days after Coupe, the most prestigious junior rowing event in the world opened its doors; the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo Bay is soon to be the site of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Regattas, and more recently was the site of the World Rowing Junior Championships 2019.
The year before the Olympic Games, the Olympic rowing venue is opened up to the World Rowing Junior Championships and the international athletes competing in it. 2019 is the time for Tokyo, Japan to make a lasting impression on these young athletes fighting for a podium position from the 7-11 August.
50 athletes have been selected to represent Great Britain at the U23 World Rowing Champioships next week at Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida (USA) where they will race against 52 other nations. The team features a number of medallists from last year's world championships, which saw GB take home their best ever medal haul of eight medals including three golds.
Whilst out at Coupe, we had the opportunity to chat to some of the crew members from the New Zealand senior men's eight ahead of the World Championships in Linz. They gave us an insight into their careers from juniors to now, including talking how not making the junior team doesn't prevent a successful senior career.