The NSW Grade Championships was upon us and we were ready for a big weekend. Having selected crews for the regatta we targeted particular events and were happy with the crews we could boat this year.
Again, the eights were the key events for us in both the men’s and women’s racing. The women’s D grade eight saw Genevieve, Lisa, Sam, Rachel, Sienna, Aimee, Jacqui, Kate and Hugh (cox) take to the water. The crew had a good paced race that saw them move to second place quickly and they sat in that position to subsequently take the silver medal. One crew change was made with Pal replacing Kate and the crew competed in the C grade eight and placed third.
Smaller boats were also raced for the women and it was the D grade four of Lisa, Sam, Rachel, Genevieve and Alyssa (cox) who through a controlled race saw them slowly take to the lead in the early stages to go on and take out the gold medal.
The men saw a C grade and B grade eight being boated. The C grade race was a rough race but none the less, successful with the crew of Miles, Jooya, Paul, Florian, Ian, Jason, Daniel, Angus and Hugh (cox) taking out silver. Like the women’s eights one crew change was made for the next race with the B grade race seeing Magnus replace Ian. The crew trailed the field in the beginning stages but were able to push through to pip Canberra on the line to take third.
Smaller boats for the men saw the B grade pair crew of Angus and Jason take out silver. They then teamed up with Miles and Daniel to take the gold in the B grade four.
To be able to again boat two eights in the men’s and women’s categories was a great achievement and to medal in all four races is something everyone involved should be proud of. We placed fifth on the medal table which is a good achievement given the number of rower we had competing at the event.
A big thankyou to everyone who helped make the weekend possible and while this marks the end of racing for non-master rowers the season continues for masters while everyone else can have a well-deserved break before we start back up in preparation for next season.