Size didn’t matter as Eichmann takes gold
MITCHELL Eichmann is not your typical lanky rower - but the technical knowledge his coach instilled in him paid off with three gold medals at the Queensland rowing championships at the weekend.
Eichmann's most stunning victory came in the men's group 4 single scull when he beat Griffith University's Eugene Bradshaw and Lachlan Becker from Rockhampton Grammar to be crowned state champion.
Bradshaw struck an imposing sight and he had been poached from basketball for his physical attributes with the goal of competing in the 2016 Rio games but Mitchell said he was unaware of his competitor's inexperience.
"It was great to win and all that hard work paid off. My coach (John Bigg) really knew his stuff and that got me through," Mitchell said.
"He (Bradshaw) had only been rowing for a few months so he did very well but I didn't know until after the race."
With Bigg's years of knowledge of the technical needs passed onto his student the most important thing Mitchell had help with was the mental aspect of the sport and getting the best out of himself.
"I used to struggle with nerves before a big race," he said.
"Mr Bigg had been working on my technique so he taught me to get my nerves under control."
The win qualified Mitchell for the Australian championships in March but the recently year 11 -graduate passed the opportunity up to focus on his final year at school.
Mitchell's other gold was with Tobias Smith in the under-18 double scull.
Bundaberg Rowing Club's other gold medallists were Jordan Draganoff who combined with Mitchell in the quad scull with Centenary's James Borger and Smith to win.
Jacinta Phillips and Melanie Schmeider rowed to gold in the women's group 4 double scull while Morgan Apel won the U-14 single scull.
In the girl's U-14 double scull Grace Toll and Justine Bennett took the main prize with Shalom's Chloe Heidke and Katelyn Bowden in third.