Outside of the normal Brisbane Rowing season, the girls have opportunities to participate in rowing clubs which take them to regattas throughout the summer period. Two of these major regattas happened in the last month; the QLD State Championships and the NSW State Championships. These regattas field the best competition for each state, plus other rowers from interstate who may want to compete.
Stuartholme students Belle Townsend (Year 11) and Phoebe Robinson (Year 11) competed at the QLD State Championships for Commercial and UQ Boat Clubs respectively. We also had some alumnae competing at clubs; Mackenzi Wareham (2016) for Toowong and Alex French (2008) for UQ. Lucy Theodore (2016) was meant to compete also, but was carrying a back injury. Congratulations to all the girls on competing in such a high-class regatta.
Congratulations to Phoebe came home with a fantastic 3 Gold and 2 Silver, winning the U21 Four, U19 Four and U19 Eight with her UQ teammates. Congratulations also to Kenzi Wareham who claimed Bronze in the U19 Quad Scull and U19 Eight with her Toowong teammates.
Phoebe then went on to compete in the NSW State Championships held last weekend. I’m very happy to report that the girls claimed Gold in the Schoolgirl Four and the U21 Eight. Both of these wins are fantastic achievements against such strong competition.
Furthermore, against some current Olympians, Phoebe’s crew placed 6th in the Elite Women’s Eight, 28s behind 1st place.
From here, Phoebe’s UQ crew will compete at the National Championships in March against the best crews in the country. We wish her and her crew all the best on their campaign.
The Green and Gold..
On Monday, former Alumnae Daniella Serra (2011) was one of two females in the country to be invited to the senior trials that will be conducted at the National Championships coming up in March. These trials will select the Australian Rowing Team that will participate in the World Rowing Cups #2 & #3 in 2017.
Danni had her first national representation last year, coxing the U23 Women’s Eight that competed in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Danni now moves into the ‘Senior A’ category which puts her alongside Olympians such as Kim Brennan.
This is a significant accomplishment by Danni and a very exciting time for her. If selected, she will be the number one female coxswain in the country and competing for an Olympic position in 2020. We wish her all the best for her upcoming events!
Director of Rowing