WARRNAMBOOL rower Kathryn Ross returned home this week with a world championship gold medal safely in her keeping and a desire to go faster.
Ross and her rowing partner Gavin Bellis won gold in the trunk and arms mixed doubles scull at the world championships in Korea last month.
The two-time Paralympian spent a few days relaxing and celebrating her world title with family and friends in Warrnambool.
Ross said she would return to the AIS tomorrow eager to build on the world titles’ form.
“It is back to the drawing board basically to try and work out what the next step is and work out what we need to do to get that bit quicker, faster and stronger,” she said.
“We did a 3.58 in Korea, which is pretty fast.
“We would, however, like to be down (around) the 3.50 mark, so that is our goal going forward for the next couple of years.
“Korea was a cross-tail (wind) but by the halfway mark it seemed to have dropped off and it was flat water, so it was quite nice to know we could do that sort of time in flat water.”
Ross said Australia had a successful campaign.
“They got three golds, two silvers and a bronze. The good thing is, two of the gold were two Paralympic golds,” she said.
“It was an amazing effort: two crews, two golds, so 100 per cent success rate there.”
Ross and Bellis, who moved to Canberra from Melbourne with his family in December, will continue to train together ahead of the state, national and world championships next year.
“It is only light for the next month and we don’t get back fully into the water training until the start of October,” Ross said. “I am looking forward to just doing some groundwork and base it on that.”
Ross said Bellis’ long-term rowing future was clouded by spinocerebellar ataxia, a hereditary disease which affects co-ordination and balance.
“He takes it day-by-day but the rowing has helped his condition considerably so the plan is we would love to stay together and that’s what we’re going to keep working towards,” she said,
Ross, a silver medallist at the Beijing Paralympics, said the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games were still in her sights.
“A lot of things can happen between now and Rio,” she said.
“I am taking it year by year and seeing where that takes me.”