Kane Ramon, centre with Duncan Free and Gary Merritt receiving his Queensland State medal in Bundaberg.
Kane Ramon, centre with Duncan Free and Gary Merritt receiving his Queensland State medal in Bundaberg.

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Lower Clarence schoolboy Kane Ramon has taken the Queensland rowing world by storm with his performances representing Grafton's Cathedral School.

Competing against the State's premier school rowers in Bundaberg, Ramon won the title of Queensland State Champion Schoolboy.

Kane competed against 42 of Queensland's top rowing schools from Townsville, Rockhampton, all of Brisbane and the Gold Coast to take the title with his friend and fellow North Coast Academy of Sport partner Adam Harrison, of Trinity Lismore taking second.

Queensland rowing officials viewed this is a major upset and had the big Queensland schools wondering 'what's in the water' down here.

After the event the teenager was approached by Queensland's head of development rowing and invited to attend a camp for 20 of the state's elite rowers, with the country's top sport physiologists, coaches and world title holders, such as Sally Keogh.

In July this year the Olympian Duncan Free contacted Kane and his coach Harold Kratz after Ramon won the Gold Coast Head of the River and the Gold Coast regional schools regattas.

After this meeting Ramon went to the Gold Coast and attended a few training sessions with Free and now has been invited to join his crew after his year 12 exams in October, with the aim of making it to the World Cup and Beijing Olympics.

Ramon says he has been lucky to have had the support of his club and the Cathedral School, and to have been a member of the North Coast Academy of Sport.

He also gives his friend, coach and mentor Harold Kratz full credit for his success.



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