A Midcoast native currently is on the other side of the world competing to become a five-time world champion. And as of Thursday, it appears she is well on her way at the Federation Internationale des Societes d’Aviron (FISA) Rowing World Championships in Lake Karapiro, New Zealand.

Anna Goodale, a 2001 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School and an Olympic gold medal winner in rowing, along with the rest of her nine-person crew, won their heat in the women’s eights to advance to the finals on Sunday, Nov. 7. The team’s heat time was six minutes and 52 seconds.

The United States’ crew consists of Goodale, Amanda Polk, Jamie Redman, Taylor Ritzel, Esther Lofgren, Eleanor Logan, Meghan Musnicki, Katherine Glessner and Mary Whipple.

Great Britain also advanced to the final, finishing five seconds behind the United States.

Goodale was a member of the women’s rowing team that won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The first day of the weeklong world championships was to begin Oct. 31, but officials got through only two events before racing was suspended due to windy conditions. According to Goodale’s mother, Martha Derbyshire, the event was back on schedule by the end of Tuesday and is still slated for a Sunday final.

“The races were cancelled on Monday due to high winds, but they got back on schedule by the end of Tuesday and the conditions for Anna’s race were perfect,” said Derbyshire. “We are expecting some rain [Thursday], and possibly Friday, but are hoping for good weather again on the weekend.”

Derbyshire added that anyone who wishes to send Goodale well wishes can do so by e-mail at artista_01@yahoo.com.

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