Maclean High belongs among rowing's best schools
ROWING: It is not an easy task when you come up against some of the best rowing schools in not only Australia but New Zealand as well - but Maclean High was not taking a backwards step at the Head of the River regatta recently.
The Lower Clarence high school brought a 21-strong team to the major annual schools event at Grafton and for a high portion of the contingent it was their first time in a major regatta.
The school performed more than admirably against their bigger opponents with several students returning to Maclean with medal hauls.
The coxed quad scull team of Maneesha Davis, Georgie Dobbin, Eryn Hammond, Amie Inmon and Hope Baker (cox) brought home the only gold medal for the school when they won the Championship Schoolgirl Coxed Quad Scull.
Hammond and Inmon then went on to win bronze medal in the Championship Schoolgirl double scull.
In the Championship Schoolgirls' Under-17 coxed quad the crew of Elissa Metcalfe, Clara Samms, Kirilly Maxwell, Stephanie Hutton and Declan Hickey (cox) won the silver medal.
In the Championship Schoolgirls' Under-17 double scull, Hutton and Samms were second in their heat and advanced to the final, where they won the bronze medal, while Maxwell and Metcalfe were fourth in their heat, also advancing to the final, finishing 6th.
Lachlan Maxwell won the silver medal in his division of the Schoolboys' Under-15 single scull while Logan Bolton and Ben Young came fourth in their heat of the Under-17 double scull before finishing eighth in the final.
Angus Cassidy and Lachlan Fischer were third in their heat of the double and in the final finished sixth.
Maclean High rowing co-ordinator Candice Jagoe has done a wonderful job encouraging rowing in the school in 2016.
These results can not be achieved without Candice's work and the time given by the coaches Harold Kratz, Betty Bodgdanek, Keryn Saunders and Clare Millist.