Lower Clarence rowers.
Lower Clarence rowers.

Masters regatta a winner

GRAFTON Rowing Club was the venue for the 2010 NSW Masters Rowing Championships on May 15-16.

Grafton staged a very professional regatta, the weather was ideal and it was pleasing to see that the president and chief executive of NSW Rowing were able to attend.

This regatta is usually held at the Olympic Rowing Centre at Penrith and is the focus for masters rowers from NSW and the Australian rowing community. More than 500 rowers from many clubs throughout Australia participated in the 181 races and competition was intense.

The Lower Clarence Rowing Club masters team (ages ranging from 40-83) of Derek Auston, Betty Bogdanek , Brian Elvery, David Hailes, Harold and Hazel Kratz, Clare Millist, Bernadette and Mark Ryan, Keryn Saunders, Mandy Steele, Jason Townsend and John West competed in the regatta and their dedicated and consistent training throughout the season paid off as they bought home seven medals – three gold, one silver and three bronze.

The standout performance of the weekend was by our women’s C quad scull team of Keryn, Mandy and Bernie who combined with Alison Heagney from Murwillumbah to win the gold medal in that event. Keryn and Bernie also won bronze in the double scull and then combined with John and Brian to win gold in two mixed quad scull races.

Perseverance has at last paid off for Derek who won a bronze medal in his single scull to great acclaim from the river bank and then proceeded to win two more medals, silver with David in the men’s double scull and another bronze with Jason, David and Harold in the men’s four.

Clare Millist was our unluckiest rower on the weekend, finishing fourth in sixth events, so near and yet so far! The unkindest cut of all was the fact the she was second in the mixed quad team with Hazel, Harold and David but did not get a medal as only first place is recognised in mixed events!

Joy Hailes and Mark Ryan are training to be boat race officials and were mentored by experienced officials from NSW Rowing over the weekend. They gained valuable experience at this high level regatta.

At the completion of another successful rowing season for Lower Clarence, thanks to all our rowers for their efforts, our supporters for their interest and we look forward to continuing success in the future. Training will continue during the off season and anyone interested is invited to join us at the rowing shed on Saturdays from 9am.

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