Rowers renew Clarence link
By TONY WHITE
A 70-strong group of rowers from St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace, have this week attended a training camp on the Clarence River at Maclean.
And this year the Brisbane-based school has renewed a long association with the historic, Lower Clarence town.
"The school first started coming to Maclean to train in 1994 and we're back on the Clarence after a two-year break with our biggest ever squad," director of rowing for the past four years, Damian Wright said.
"Its been a tradition for several years, one we've always enjoyed.
"It's good water with good facilities and a chance to get away from other distractions and put in some solid training.
"The kids thoroughly enjoy it and have a great time."
The powerful rowing contingent arrived in Maclean on Tuesday and depart on Friday.
The training regime is far from what many would expect during the holiday period.
On average the squad complete three water and one land session a day.
"They generally row between 25 to 30 kilometres per session per day and either have a run or work in the gym on land," Wright said.
"It's a solid workload."
St Joseph's have a school enrolment of around 1150 students with 900 seniors.
Amazingly one third (300) of senior students are involved in the rowing program.
"There is a long tradition of rowing at the school and this year is our 51st of the rowing club," Wright said.
"Currently we are ranked number two in Queensland be- hind Churchie (Anglican Church Grammar School).
"Our open age group boys were the most successful group at our annual Brisbane Head of the River regatta."
Two age groups ? open (Year 12 this year) and Under-16s (Year 11 this year) ? make up the large squad in Maclean.
"I'd like to think we'll come back next year, perhaps for a full two-week period and with a third age group," he said.