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The women’s under-17 quad team at the national rowing titles, Calla Gould-Walley (Lismore), Sarah Kitcher (Grafton), Sheridan Duck (Port Macquarie) and Georgia Philp (Grafton).
The women’s under-17 quad team at the national rowing titles, Calla Gould-Walley (Lismore), Sarah Kitcher (Grafton), Sheridan Duck (Port Macquarie) and Georgia Philp (Grafton). Contributed

FORMER Grafton High School rower and Grafton Rowing Club member Johanna Tarrant won both gold and silver medals at the Australian National Rowing titles in Perth last weekend.

Johanna, who currently trains and rows with the University of Queensland team, won gold in the Open Women's Eight, rowing in the bow position.

She won her silver medal in the second last race on the program - the Queen's Cup Interstate Eight. Representing Queensland, Johanna's crew came a close second.

Johanna also competed in the women's under-23 division singles, coming fifth in the B final, and 11th overall in her division.

Her team came fourth in the final of the women's under-23 four.

Speaking with Johanna after her gold medal win, her proud parents Kerrie and Andrew Tarrant of Grafton said she was "very happy" as would be expected.

While a student, competing for Grafton High School, Johanna won two gold medals, a silver and a bronze at previous national championships.

Now living and training in Brisbane, Johanna always welcomes the opportunity to return home and compete in local regattas.

She loves to train on the tranquil reaches of the Clarence River.

"The Clarence is fantastic," she said.

"You don't have to dodge ferries and rocks like in the Brisbane River, it's so good here."

Two members of the Grafton High School rowing team, Sarah Kitcher and Georgia Philp, also travelled to Perth for the competition along with coach Colin Lang.

Both girls competed in the under-17 single scull, with Sarah making the semi-finals.

Sarah also went on to make the semi-finals in the under-17 double scull where she teamed with Calla Gould-Walley, from Lismore.

Sarah and Georgia then teamed with Calla Gould-Walley, from Lismore, and Sheridan Duck, from Port Macquarie, to once again make the semi-finals.

Topics:  gold, medal, nationals, regatta, rowing, silver



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