David Watts wins bronze at Under 23 World Rowing Championships
Sep 18, 2012
At just 20 years of age, David Watts has won bronze at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in Lithuania and now has his sights set on Rio in 2016.
David, who has achieved amazing success since the age of 13, said winning the bronze medal, with his crew in the eight, has been his greatest achievement yet but it hasn’t come without its challenges.
“Winning bronze at the World Championships and medalling in all four races at the National Championships held earlier this year in Perth (one gold, two silver and a bronze) have been the greatest achievements in my career so far, as I am still relatively young in this age category,” David said.
“After intense training, I knew when we arrived in Europe the crew had the physical and mental capacity to go all the way and win the gold. However, with only one week until race day, half of my team suffered from either illness or injury. Despite this, everyone managed to keep positive and focus on the task at hand which paid off, resulting in the bronze medal,” David added.
Speaking openly about the challenges that come with being a sportsman, David says he couldn’t have done it without the support of his mum.
“I have faced many challenges throughout my years of rowing, including injuries and disappointments. Overcoming these challenges has made me a stronger rower.”
“My mother has been amazingly supportive and has helped me through not just the good times but also the bad times. Her positivity always kept me focused when I didn’t think I could continue.”
Gill Watts, a Registered Nurse at Hollywood Private Hospital has been David’s biggest supporter and also gratefully acknowledges the importance of financial sponsorship provided by kind individuals to help David on his journey.
“David is a talented, mature and focused individual. He has to balance a difficult training regime, attend university, work part-time and maintain some kind of a social life. I will continue to support him until he reaches his goal of representing Australia in the Olympics,” says Gill.
Hollywood was proud to support David and donated $1,500 to help fund his trip.
“This was David’s fourth international competition and it costs athletes around $7000 each time. The donation Hollywood provided was unexpected and we cannot thank the hospital enough for their kind contribution,” said Gill.