River fun for Clarence rowers
GRAFTON Rowing Club boss Greg Thompson says only a flood can stop the wave of young rowers rising out of the Clarence Valley.
The club hosted the Iluka Regatta on Saturday and the Northern Rivers Rowing School Competition on Sunday.
Teams from both sides of the Tweed came to compete, and for Thompson it is another sign of the overflowing rowing strength along the Clarence River.
“She (the river) is a beauty. When you get a flood it’s a bit of a worry but most of the time it’s great,” said Thompson, Grafton Rowing Club president for 23 years. “It’s getting better and better. No matter who you talk to they say they can’t wait to come to Grafton.”
Saturday’s event featured more than 60 events while the schools competition had more than 40, with divisions ranging from under-15 to 21. Grafton and Maclean high schools – as well as Lower Clarence and Tweed Heads – were the star performers on the day.
“The kids were rapt with the results,” Thompson said.
“Some of these young school kids are going to be the best in Australia. That’s a credit to coaches of the schools. It’s good for them to come that far and do that well.”
In another chance to show off the Clarence River, in May the Grafton Rowing Club will host the prestigious NSW Masters.
“When we get all the rowers here from all over the place you look after them,” Thompson said.