Uncertainty reigns in rowing world
OLYMPIC-bound Hannah Every-Hall has refused to become unsettled by a former teammate's decision to appeal against her non-selection for London, saying it is the "hand we've been dealt".
The lightweight double sculler said yesterday that her sole focus remained on the highly achievable goal of winning a medal at her debut Olympics.
Noosa product Every-Hall was speaking after Melbourne rower Alice McNamara lodged an appeal on Monday with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the selectors' decision to overlook her for the double sculls in favour of Sydney's Bronwen Watson.
Watson edged out McNamara following the Olympic trials at Penrith in late March.
Every-Hall and McNamara had teamed to finished fifth at the past two world championships.
They also won a World Cup regatta in 2010.
Every-Hall, 35, who came out of retirement to have a crack at Games selection, was reluctant to comment on McNamara's appeal but said she had one job - to make the boat go as fast as possible.
"Alice worked really hard, just like the rest of us have worked hard," she said.
"I don't want to delve into that. My job is to row the boat as well as I can with whoever I'm given."
Every-Hall admitted, however, that she was surprised by her ability to shield herself from the controversy and keep delivering in training.
"I would think it would (unsettle me) but when you know as an athlete you're definitely going to the Olympics, you're goal-orientated and goal-focused," she said.
"This is the hand we've been dealt and we have to deal with that. We're getting on with the job at hand."
Every-Hall and Watson, 35, were chosen after they bettered Every-Hall and McNamara's time at the trials by five seconds.
RA turned down McNamara's initial appeal on April 15.
The 26-year-old wants the CAS to deliver its ruling before the national team leaves for the World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland, on May 15.