A LAST-MINUTE call-up has earned Colac rower Michael Heaton-Harris a podium finish at a world masters event.
Heaton-Harris was a surprise inclusion to the Melbourne University Boat Club 50-55-year-old eight-plus cox team for the World Masters Rowing Championships at Ballarat.
The Lake Colac Rowing Club member said winning a silver medal at the event was a shock after attending the meet as a spectator.
“I wasn’t entered in any of the events for this regatta, I just went along to watch,” he said.
“Through a friend from MUBC not being able to row, I was called in at the last minute as a substitute and ended up with silver at this world title event.”
Heaton-Harris said Colac didn’t enter a team at the event, which had a good representation of teams from across the globe.
“Unfortunately Lake Colac Rowing Club wasn’t able to form crews to compete at this event,” he said.
“There were 30 different countries represented through all age groups from 27 to the oldest competitor being 95.”