The final of Nepean’s three events was upon us and it saw an increase in numbers from previous years. We had perfect conditions and some great racing was showcased over the day.
The day was opened up with David and Sean putting on a display for the crowd as they went for a swim with less than 250 metres to go in their open double. The boys took the mishap in their stride and had a good performance in their D grade quad where they teamed up with Elijah and Awtel.
Single racing saw some good performances. In the under 16’s Victoria and Miles won their respective divisions, Maral won in the under 17’s, Erik took out the under 21’s, Paul won masters and Sienna took out the novice single.
The doubles saw Joel and Angus win the under 19’s while Victoria and Genevieve won the under 16’s. Jooya and Miles had a tough race against Newcastle Grammar in the under 16 event however it was not to be with Newcastle taking it out with the boys settling for second.
The big crews saw some different combinations than usual and provided some good racing. The men’s and women’s C grade quad events were both taken out by Nepean crews with Genevieve, Victoria, Tallara and Maral taking out the women’s and Angus, Joel, Henry and Miles taking out the men’s. The mixed quads are always some fun racing and they led to two more victories with Pal, Peter, Sienna and Paul taking out the first division while Angus, Joel, Tallara and Victoria took out the second division.
One of the major highlights of the day was boating men’s and women’s D grade eights. The women’s crew of Alyssa, Fiona, Bianca, Victoria, Jacqui, Tallara, Genevieve, Maral and Elizabeth were the only crew in the D grade event but raced alongside the C grade UTS crew. UTS took out the race but the girls showed some promise for future racing in this boat category.
The men’s eight of Miles, Will, Henry, Airtarn, Daniel, Jason, Joel, Angus and Elizabeth only had one D grade crew they were competing against in Glebe but were out to give it their best. Coming through the bridge in second overall with the C grade eight of Newington leading convincingly the crew caught a crab. Sydney took this opportunity and pushed through Nepean but with everyone pulling together they brought Sydney back and came second overall, and won the D grade category.
Leading on from this race I think it is worth reflecting on how important it is to remember it is not about getting down on yourself or on others when mistakes are made in a race but rather more important how you react as this reflects on your character as an individual. To the credit of the eight the issue was addressed in the race and then everyone got on with it and finished it with all they could and no hard feelings were felt towards anyone after the race.
A big thankyou to all the helpers that made this event possible. It was great to see rowers, parents and directors helping with many spending all day helping out. A thank you must also go to the boat race officials who helped on the day. That wraps up our events for another season. Again it must be said that the help provided by everyone over these events is greatly appreciated and has led to another three great events.