By TONY WHITE
CLARENCE Valley rowers take a bow.
Our teenage scullers have won a swag of medals at the NSW Rowing Championships in Penrith, Sydney.
As in previous years competitors from the Clarence Valley dominated sections of the elite championships winning three gold, three silver and three bronze. Other competitors and crews made the finals of their events.
And this year's championship regatta, the biggest on record, included many competitors from Queensland, Victoria and the ACT.
"It was a tremendous achievement from the whole team with some outstanding individual performances," North Coast Academy of Sport rowing co-ordinator and coach Colin Lang said.
The NCAS sent 14 rowers to the championships which were run in ideal conditions.
The major medal winners:
nSouth Grafton's outstanding Ashleigh Peppernell in the Under-17 girls' single scull.
nLower Clarence rowers Nicole West and Rachael See combined to win the championship schoolgirl double scull.
nSaxon Ramon (Lower), Johanna Tarrant (Grafton), Sarah Jones (Grafton) and Tahlia Butler (Lennox Heads) combined to win the Under-16 girls' quad scull.
nBrenton Ford (Grafton) in the Under-17 boys' single scull.
nBrothers Lewis and Marty Hemphill (Grafton) in the championship schoolboy double scull.
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nAshleigh Peppernell, Rachael See, Steffanie Colgrave (South Grafton) and Ashleigh Gardoll (Port Macquarie) in the Under-17 girls' quad.
nRachael See in the Under-17 girls' single scull.
nLewis Hemphill in the Under-17 boys' single scull.
nJohanna Tarrant in the Under-16 girls' single scull.
For Nicole West, the NSW titles provided a special record of achievement.
Over the past four years West has won either gold or silver in the championship schoolgirl double.
And for three members of the gold medal-winning Under-16 girls' quad, their rise to prominence has been remarkable.
While fourth member Saxon Ramon is an experienced campaigner, Tarrant, Jones and Butler were discovered as potential elite rowers at a NCAS identification program just 18 weeks ago.
"They were a picture to watch on the water," Lang said.