Rowing?s golden finale
By TONY WHITE
IN an outstanding finale to the rowing season, Clarence Valley students have collected 36 medals at the NSW Combined High Schools Rowing Championships at Penrith.
And in yet another wonderful advertisement for our highly talented young rowers, Grafton High School's Johanna Tarrant and Lewis Hemphill were named Most Outstanding female and male rower during the prestigious regatta staged on Monday and Tuesday at the International Regatta Centre.
Tarrant and Hemphill, both gold medal winners at the Australian Rowing Championships, won the Gabriel Pritchard and Reg Galvin trophies respectively.
"Everyone knows where the Clarence is and the high standard of rowers the area produces," said CHS rowing convener Terry Vercoe.
For the first time in a seven-year Clarence reign, the powerful Sydney Boys High School won the Peter Bond Cup for overall champion school from Maclean and Grafton High.
Maclean High, a dominant force this season, won the women's section.
Maclean were defending trophy holders in the champion school cup after beating South Grafton High last season who had won it for the previous six years.
Overall Clarence Valley rowers won 15 gold (Grafton 6, Maclean 5 and South Grafton 4); 13 silver and 10 bronze medals.
Maclean High won 17 medals in all, South Grafton 10, and Grafton 9.
Individually and team wise there were some meritorious performances.
Australian Championship gold medallist Ashleigh Peppernell from South Grafton won gold in the women's' Under-17 single and double scull and silver as a member of the South Grafton women's eight, runner-up to Sydney Girls.
The Hemphill brothers, Lewis and Marty won gold in the Championship pairs and double. Lewis also won gold in the men's' Under-17 single scull.
Fifteen-year-old Ryan Cameron (South Grafton) won gold in the men's' 15-double scull and silver in the men's' 15-single scull.
Maclean's Leah Saunders won gold in the 15-women's single and double and bronze in the 15-double scull.
"She is without doubt one to watch with a bullet," Vercoe said.
Gold medal winners:
Johanna Tarrant (GH) -- women's' Under-16 single scull.
Maclean High (Faulkner, See) -- Championship women's double scull.
Isaac Bolton (MH) -men's' Under-15 single scull.
Grafton High (Hemphill, Hemphill) -Championship men's pair.
Maclean High (Little, Saunders) -- women's' Under-15 double scull.
Ashleigh Peppernell (SG) -- women's' Under-17 single scull.
Grafton High (Tarrant Jones) -- women's' Under-16 double scull.
Leah Saunders (MH) -- women's' Under-15 single scull.
Grafton High (Hemphill, Hemphill) -Championship men's double scull.
South Grafton (Hiberd, Cameron) -- men's' Under-15 double scull.
Grafton High (Tarrant, Jones, Neill, Ahlburg) -- Women's' Under-16 quad scull.
Lewis Hemphill (GH) men's' Under-17 single scull.
South Grafton (Peppernell, Colgrave) -women's' Under-17 double scull.
Maclean High (See, Eke, Dipiante, Faulkner) -- Championship women's quad scull.