ON THE WATER: Lower Clarence under-15 girls competing in the under-15/16 quad section of the annual Grafton Rowing Club Regatta on the Clarence River on Sunday. Photo: Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
ON THE WATER: Lower Clarence under-15 girls competing in the under-15/16 quad section of the annual Grafton Rowing Club Regatta on the Clarence River on Sunday. Photo: Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

School athletes ooze class in annual regatta

GRAFTON High's rowing pedigree was on show as the school's rowing club hosted its annual regatta.

The Grafton High School Rowing Club regatta attracted rowers from throughout the Northern Rivers Rowing Association as well as several high schools in the Clarence Valley.

Grafton High School had good representation and was able to win four of the 37 races held throughout the day.

Christopher Landenberger showed why he will quickly graduate from novice division, taking out the men's novice single scull in a slick 4 minutes 26 seconds on the glassy Clarence waters.

He beat home a trio of Trinity Catholic rowers with David Normoyle closest in 4 minutes 32 seconds.

Landenberger also helped the men's under-17 quad scull team across the line, along with Max Van Haren, Richie Daniel and Callum O'Loughlin, stopping the clock 8 minutes 20 seconds for the 2000-metre journey.

Richie Daniel (4min 9sec) then powered home to win the men's under-15 single scull event.

Landenberger picked up his third win and Daniel his second when they paired up to win the men's under-17 double sculls in 8 minutes 44 seconds.

Peter Ashenden is enjoying his first year in the rowing club's presidency and said conditions were ideal for rowing.

"The weather was very kind to us and we were very happy with the turnout," Ashenden said.

"Newcomers Coffs Coast were involved in the regatta for the first time.

"Grafton High had some success. We are currently building our numbers and had about 15 rowers compete.

"We are quite happy with participation levels, a few of the students were rowing in their first regatta. Mostly they train three times per week."

Aside from being a part of the NRRA season, the event was also being used as a warm-up to the Grafton City Head of the Clarence Rowing Regatta.

The Head of the Clarence sees schools from Sydney come to Grafton to compete and will be held from December 7-8.



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