Rower tunes up for Tokyo before squeezing in a Womad gig

Altschwager, whose leg was crushed in a office accident 5 years back, is in Penrith, NSW, in the hope of securing a place on Australia’s rowing team that will head to Tokyo in August this year.

“(Trials are) pretty brutal, there is nothing really like it and it is super, super difficult,” claims Altschwager, of Largs Bay.

“You don’t really know what is heading on sometimes, but you have to do what the selectors say and, at the close of the week, you get informed irrespective of whether you are in.

“I just will need to make sure I put in a really good effort, be serious good, and appear out on leading.”

Hours soon after he returns home from the trials in Penrith on Saturday, the 33-year-previous will tick performing at Womadelaide off his bucket checklist when he performs with Dr Piffle & The Burlap Band at the four-day competition.

The ten-piece “high-energy” act incorporates gypsy, punk and people-style audio.

“We have played at the Significant Working day Out but we have by no means snagged a Womad,” the Paralympics hopeful claims.

“The past a few years, I have put a good deal of time, effort, commitment into the rowing aspect of points due to the fact, like any activity at elite level, you have to be that driven human.

“But with audio I can variety of be free of charge and dance about, yell, sing and I like that aid.”

Womadelaide is at Botanic Park, town, from this Friday until following Monday.