TASMANIAN sculler Eleni Kalimnios has won a silver medal at the world junior rowing championships in Lithuania.
Kalimnios and her South Australian partner Narelle Badenoch powered home to finish second to race favourite Romania in the women's double sculls.
They had settled in fourth place in the early stages of the race but a big piece of work during the middle section lifted the Australians into a medal spot at the 1400 metres.
They raced past Denmark leaving only Romania ahead of them but Kalimnios and Badenoch had to settle for second.
The Australians are coached by Paul Newbon who like 18-year-old Kalminios comes from the Huon Rowing Club.
Kalimnios and Badenoch had raced their way into the final by winning their heat and then finishing second to Romania in the semi-final.
The silver medal qualifies Kalimnios and Badenoch for the Youth Olympic Games to be held in China next year.
Tasmania's head of coaching Anthony Edwards said the silver medal was just reward for all the hard work Kalimnios had put in this year.
``It is the end of her season and it will be a big launch for her aims for next year,'' he said.
Kalimnios will move out of junior rowing into the national under-23 program.
Four other Tasmanians will compete in the senior world rowing championships which start in Chungju, South Korea, on August 25.
Launceston cousins Ali Foot and Blair Tunevitsch, of the Tamar Rowing Club, who were reserves for the lightweight four at the Olympic Games in London last year, will combine with Queenslanders Nicholas Silcox and Darryn Purcell in the boat.
Launceston's Victorian-based George Ellis is part of the men's eight and Huon's Ella Flecker will row in the women's lightweight single scull.
Brett Crow, of the Tasmanian Institute of Sport, will coach Flecker and the men's lightweight four while veteran Huon coach John Driessen will look after the men's eight.
The Tasmanians are in a camp at Sydney's Penrith Lakes and will leave with the rest of the Australian team on August 22.