State is `on track’ for Olympics

RELIEVED: Launceston rower Brendan Long, who has been selected for the double sculls. Picture: SIMON GROVESJust two days after the news that Launceston rower Brendan Long had been selected in the double scull, Ms Jack said Tasmania’s Olympic preparations were on track.
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“We should have around 10 which I think is a good number for Tasmania when you consider our population,” Ms Jack said.

Long, 24, a rower with Tamar, will move to Canberra this month to start training two days a week with his new partner Peter Hardcastle, from NSW.

He joins veteran Simon Burgess as the only other confirmed rowing representative for the State.

Long said he would compete at lead- up World Cup events before the Olympics and said he was expecting to come home with a medal.

“I really think we have a chance of winning a (Olympic) medal,” Long said.

“I am really relieved and just pleased I finally got in.

“I still really can’t believe it – it is something I have wanted to do for most of my life.”

Ms Jack said Matthew Wells, from Hobart, had been selected in the Australian hockey squad of 24, which will be culled to 18, and said he was a good chance of playing.

“When he has played for Australia in the past (Sydney Olympics and Manchester Commonwealth Games) he has been either vice captain or captain so he has a very strong chance,” she said.

“But (Hobart’s) Zane Wright missed out and is extremely disappointed.

“That is the side of it that a lot of people forget – there is a lot of elation and pure relief but for some there is disappointment after training for it for four years or longer.”

Mountain bike champion Sid Taberlay and former world junior champion Mark Jamieson are in with solid chances as are Launceston’s Hollie Grima (basketball) and Daniel Geale (boxing).

State rowers Dana Faletic, Kerry Hore, Scott Brennan and Robert Mitchell are also still in with a chance.

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