OAR-SOME: Maclean High School’s Gemma Dane after her NSW CHS Single Sculls gold medal. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
OAR-SOME: Maclean High School’s Gemma Dane after her NSW CHS Single Sculls gold medal. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

GREAT DANE

MACLEAN High School rower Gemma Dane is this year's recipient of the prestigious Col Fisher Award for North Coast Sportsperson of the Year.

Dane, who has just graduated Year 12 at Maclean High School, swept all before her in a phenomenal year on the water.

She won gold in the single and quad sculls and silver in double sculls at the NSW Combined High Schools Championships in Sydney in March. That effort earned her a NSW CHS Blue for Rowing.

At last week's Maclean High School Awards, Dane won the JB Walsh Trophy for Most Outstanding Senior Rower and the Senior Contribution to Sport Award.

Dane first started rowing when was 10 years old and plans to take herself to the next level in 2014.

"I would like to compete at State and Nationals and my aim is to try get to the World Junior Championships," Dane said.
"The thing I love most about rowing is the hard work required to push yourself to the limit.
"The hardest thing would have to be getting your stroke absolutely perfect to enable the boat to travel smoothly."
 Dane has ambitions to study as a personal trainer or in sports science.

It wasn't just rowing in which Dane impressed in 2014.

She was also part of Maclean's bronze-medal winning team in the NSW CHS under-18 girls cross country team.

Dane is just one of a number of athletes from Maclean High who achieved outstanding results in the sporting arena during 2014.

See today's The Daily Examiner High School Honour Roll for a full list of Maclean High's individual sporting achievements in 2014..



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