Maclean women’s open quad scull (from front) Emma Thompson, Gemma Cox-Smith, Grace Ryan and Sasha McSwan in sync at Grafton yesterday.
Maclean women’s open quad scull (from front) Emma Thompson, Gemma Cox-Smith, Grace Ryan and Sasha McSwan in sync at Grafton yesterday.

Best Head of River regatta ever

“IT HAS been the best Head of the River rowing regatta ever staged on the Clarence.”

They were the words from a proud Grafton Rowing club president Greg Thompson after a day which saw record numbers compete at the 12th running of the famous event

“We started at 8am and finished the day at about 5pm. We had 76 events to get through, which was fantastic,” Thompson said.

“People came from everywhere and kept on saying to me that it was one of the best rowing regattas they have been to.

“Everyone I’ve talked to, including coaches and competitors, could not praise the event enough and the work undertaken by council has also received plenty of positive comments.”

Thompson said the Grafton schools all did well at the regatta.

Former Australian champion and Lower Clarence Rowing Club member Isaac Bolton won the champion schoolboy single scull event for the third year in a row.

The Southport School won the prestigious boys’ eights, with Presbyterian Ladies College taking out the girls’ eights.

Grafton High School principal Colin Lang was pleased with his school’s performance on the day.

“We came first in the open girls’ quad sculls, the open girls’ double sculls and the open girls’ single scull,” he said. Yesterday, the Grafton Rowing club held its annual regatta and Thompson again said the day was a huge success.



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