THIRD PLACE: Locals impressed at the regatta, including the under-17 Grafton High quad team of Rachel West, Georgia Philip, Sarah Kitcher, and Emily Ford.
THIRD PLACE: Locals impressed at the regatta, including the under-17 Grafton High quad team of Rachel West, Georgia Philip, Sarah Kitcher, and Emily Ford.

Maclean High takes top row prize

MACLEAN HIGH took the top prize at the NSW Combined High School Rowing Regatta held on the Clarence last week.

Twenty-two high schools sent 204 rowers to the major sporting regatta which was hosted by Grafton High School.

Heats and semi-finals were on the first day of the regatta with the second day being mainly semis and finals.

The weather on the second day caused some concerns with strong winds and large waves causing a few young rowers to have unscheduled swims.

Thanks to the hardworking power boat crews and BRO officials who followed each race and kept a watchful eye on all

proceedings, assisting the waterlogged rowers.

North Coast schools featured well in the results with Maclean High and Grafton High in the top schools when the final tally was counted, with the Overall Pointscore Champion School Rowing trophy being presented to

Maclean High. Grafton High was fourth.

Young rowers from South Grafton High also made a valiant effort with many new rowers participating, including Tim Van Dolsen and Aiden Hankinson who teamed-up to take bronze in the under-17 double scull event.

The Overall Male Champion for the CHS Regatta was presented to Cameron Kitcher, of Grafton High, who won the championship men’s single scull event, with silver going to Sean Madeley of Marsden High, and bronze being taken out by Jeremy Campbell of Port Macquarie High.

This event had 32 starters vying for the coveted trophy being culled out by four heats and two semi-finals on the first day, followed by the final on the last day.

Kitcher teamed with Fraser Hemphill in the men’s champion doubles event taking out the silver, with Kitcher and Hemphill obtaining a further silver for their collection in the men’s champion quad event rowing with Nathan Sneesby and Julian Ricketts.

Matt Begg, of Maclean High, obtained a silver in the under-17 men’s single scull event.

The under-16 single scull women’s event was won by Sarah Kitcher, with Georgia Philp obtaining a silver, both girls representing Grafton High, and Samantha Kerr of Maclean High obtaining the bronze.

Kitcher and Philp teamed up to take out the under-16 women’s double event, with Samantha Kerr and Isobel Smith of Maclean taking the silver.

The overall women’s champion trophy for the regatta was presented to Rachel Anderson of Maclean.

Anderson won the under-17 women’s single scull with Penny Elvery of Maclean taking home the silver.

Anderson then teamed with Elvery to take the silver in the under-17 doubles event.

The Maclean High team of Rachel Anderson, Penny Elvery, Amanda Kerr and Kiah McMahon obtained a silver in the women’s under-17 quad scull event with Grafton High team of Sarah Kitcher, Georgia Philp, Rachel West and Emily Ford obtaining the bronze.

Terry Vercoe, the convener of the regatta, was very pleased with how the event had been run with all schools running a close competition.

All rowers are looking forward to next year’s event, hopefully without the adverse winds.



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