Piper's medals crystal clear reward for hard work
ROWING: Weeks of hard training paid off for Lower Clarence rower Crystal Piper with the teenager collecting two medals at the Australian National Rowing Championships in Sydney earlier this month.
The Maclean High School student was the only rower from the Lower Clarence Rowing Club to compete at the Penrith regatta and while it was a tough week it also proved a successful one.
Piper, 16, won bronze in the Australian Open Schoolgirl's Championship single scull and was part of the team that claimed silver in the Women's Under-19 quad scull.
Piper commenced her campaign at the Sydney International Regatta Centre with a strong showing in the Women's Under-19 single scull.
Piper finished seventh in the final after a solid display in the heats, repechage and semi-final.
In the Women's Under-19 double scull Piper teamed up with Georgia Bradley from the Sydney Rowing Club.
The pair won their heat convincingly but failed to advance to the decider after finishing sixth in their semi-final.
Piper then joined a composite crew from University of Western Australia, Sydney and Leichhardt rowing clubs for the Women's Under-19 quad scull and after winning their heat, the pieced-together crew finished second in the final.
The week finished on a high for Piper when she claimed bronze in the final of the Australian Open Schoolgirls Championship single scull.