ROWING: Training pays off for lower river team
MONTHS of very early mornings and hard training paid off for five Lower Clarence Rowing Club members who won medals at the NSW Rowing Championships at Penrith.
Chianna Dane, Marnie Evans and Teagan McFarlane teamed up with Lismore's Nikita Kean for the under-19 women's quad scull and, after being second in their heat, powered through for the silver medal in the final behind a crew from Griffith University.
Crystal Piper and Grace Bolton collected the bronze medal in the under-17 women's double scull. The girls rowed consistent sub-eight-minute times to finish second in their heat and win their semi-final before finishing third in the final behind the Melbourne and Pymble Ladies Colleges.
It was a wonderful achievement by the rowers - and their coaches Keryn Saunders, Betty Bogdanek, Harold Kratz and John Kincade (NCAS) - against predominantly metropolitan clubs and private schools.
The competition is always very strong at state championships which Kylie Duff and Candice Jagoe discovered when they found themselves against Olympic rowers, having only just returned to rowing after several years away from the sport.
Lower Clarence also reached the finals in several other events.
Teagan and Chianna finished sixth in the
under-19 double scull, Marnie was seventh in under-21 lightweight single scull, Crystal second in her heat and semi-final of the under-17 single scull before finishing fifth in the final. Grace got through to her semi-final.
Crystal, Grace and Gemma Dane (cox) joined Claudia Stocks and Bridget Hickman (Coffs Coast) in the under-17 coxed quad, coming seventh in their final.
Keryn had an extra bonus when her daughter Leah, an ex-Lower Clarence Rower, won the under-23 single final.
Congratulations and well done to all rowers and coaches who must also be thanked for their time and commitment in getting the rowers to this level.