CHAMPION: Lachlan Maxwell with one of his titles won at the CHS rowing championships held in Grafton.
CHAMPION: Lachlan Maxwell with one of his titles won at the CHS rowing championships held in Grafton. Contributed

Maclean double on target for annual schools regatta

ROWING: Lachlan Maxwell will lead a strong contingent of Maclean High School rowers as they take on the best schools in the country at the annual Head of the Clarence River Regatta today.

Maxwell, who was voted Clarence Valley Junior Sportsperson of the Month earlier this year, will compete alongside his long-term rowing partner Andre Kendall in the under-15 double scull event as well as in single sculls.

"We work together a lot at school and in the boat, we know each other's rowing style back-to-front,” Maxwell said. "We have been winning our last couple of regattas so hopefully we can keep that momentum going.”

But the pair will head into a bit of an unknown this weekend as they compete against doubles teams from one of the better rowing schools, Somerset College.

The regatta will be a chance for spectators to witness the best school rowing action, with a strong contingent coming from Brisbane Boys as well as rowing heavyweights Hunter Valley Grammar.

Maxwell said he has put plenty of hours in the boat in the lead-up to the regatta, working hard under coaches Harold Kratz and Clare Millist at the Lower Clarence Rowing Club.

"I have been rowing about three days a week and then spending the other two days in the gym,” he said.

"It can get hard to keep up with the workload, but I am always thinking to myself 'If I want rowing to take me somewhere, I am going to have to try hard for it'.

"I think I am confident but also nervous at the same time for this regatta.”



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