> I picked this off row2k
> Pretty catty, unfair, and rude to Waddell, I think.
> I also think it's cool that there's enough rowing knowledge in the country
> that someone would bother to write a column like that.
> In the US, if you can get results printed you're doing better than most.
> An article critical of a rower or coach? ? That requires knowledge by the
> reporter, and that reporter has to assume he has an audience for it.
To add to my previous reply... We just had two days of live coverage
of the NZ Secondary Schools rowing championships on SKY TV. Two days
of LIVE, ON AIR coverage from 9:30 AM to after 4 PM. Live. Race,
commentary, interviews, adverti***ts, medal ceremony, adverti***t,
Of course, SKY are rehearsing their camera work, communications, and
set up for the 2010 Worlds. We had about 1800 people racing from
Monday to Saturday, about 10,000 people on the bank watching the
finals, two giant TV screens showing finals from start to finish, one
at each end of the spectator area.
The U18 M8+ final was won in 5:53 with second place still in the
http://SportToday.org/;Scroll to the last
For some reason the "results" listing shows the A final line-up for
the race but not the results.
The local "Waikato Times" newspaper was all over the regatta with
photogs, reporters, and between 2-4 pages of coverage each day.
Part as Dave mentioned is - it's a small country and big events get
lots of coverage.
Part is because people here pay lots of attention to sports - When
people see I'm Canadian, I get asked about Canadian Olympic ice hockey
or other sport results, or sometimes the NHL results. (and I often
reply to remarks about how they World Series can be called "world"
when it's only played in the US and with two Canada-based teams - it
was originally sponsored by a newspaper called the "New York World" -