Angus farewells Aussie shores for now as a world champ

It's been a big few months for SASI athlete Angus Dawson who was a member of Australia's gold-medal winning under-23 Men's Coxed Fours at the World Rowing under-23 championship in Florida. Dawson also is set to take up a four-year scholarship soon at the University of California, Berkeley.

Angus Dawson

A RISING star of the rowing scene is about to leave Australia on a US scholarship knowing that his most recent competition saw him become a world champion.

Angus Dawson, from the tiny rural SA town of Dingabledinga, was in Australia’s under-23 Men’s Coxed Four which became champion at the World Rowing under-23 championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, in the United States.

In a race for the ages and needing all the calm to stem the nerves Dawson and crew held out Great Britain to win by .09 seconds with Italy .63 seconds away from the Aussies in third place.

Dawson’s crewmates, from interstate, were Ben Canham, Mitchell Cooper and Adam Bakker, while Caitlin Hockings was the cox.

SASI scholar Dawson, 19, said shortly after the victory the team was thrilled to win the world title.

“It still hasn’t quite sunk in but I‘m sure it will in the coming days,’’ Dawson said.

“The conditions suited us really well for the last two days of finals providing pretty flat conditions with a slight head wind.

“It was not an atmosphere we have experienced before and definitely one I won’t forget.

“I think the work we did during the season gave us the confidence to be able to lead from start to finish but the coach definitely had a fright in the final 100m as the other crews started to fight back.’’

Dawson is taking a short break before heading to UC (University of California) Berkeley, to take up a four-year business/rowing scholarship.

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