Rowers are Top 3 in Australia

Posted 12 April 2019 12:14pm

Closing out a stellar season, the CGGS Rowing team recently competed at the Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships last month. Spoiler alert – we finished 3rd in the country!

In this edition of eNews, trainer Nigel Miller, Head of Rowing Caroline Pijpers and Rowing Captain Ella Kerr give their perspectives on a season to remember.

Nigel Miller
Writing about the Schoolgirl Coxed Four (Alex McDonagh, Olivia Cummins, Ella Ross, Ella Smethurst and cox Liz Dickson)

After a heartbreaking 4th in the final at Head of the River, letting Pymble Ladies’ College overtake them in the last hundred metres, the Four turned up at Nationals hungry to prove that they could mix it with the best Schoolgirl Fours.

A very fast heat on the Thursday meant the girls needing to finish top four in the repechage on Friday to make it through to the semi-finals. With nothing to lose, the crew pulled out their row of the season and a personal best of 7:42 for a photo finish, and ultimately a narrow 2nd  in to the repechage, losing to Roseville who had won the Head of the River regatta two weeks earlier.

In the B-Final, the girls finished the season with a strong row and when pushed in the last 200 metres, they didn’t panic and responded to hold off a challenge for a solid 4th.

I am very proud of the crew, finishing 12th nationally behind two other CGGS Fours. They showed great depth in talent within the Senior squad I am proud to have the top twelve Senior CGGS rowers finish in the top 12 Schoolgirl crews nationally.

Ella Kerr

The 2018/19 rowing season was extremely successful across the shed. We had heaps of crews with podium finishes, but most importantly, the encouragement and teamwork seen throughout the shed and across year groups has motivated everyone to row their hardest for one another.

Our Christmas regatta ‘erg’ competition was a highlight of the season, where every team dressed up and had a blast rowing with different year groups and completing challenges.

The most memorable part of the season would have to be Head of the River because all the girls were super encouraging for all boats throughout the day, supporting each other and yelling the shed chant as our boats rowed past.

We have been so lucky to have the best bunch of coaches getting us through the season, and our Head of Rowing Caz (Caroline Pijpers) who has made this season the best one yet. For the Year 12s, this has been such an amazing last season and one we certainly won’t forget.

Caroline ‘Caz’ Pijpers

After finishing up with some fantastic results from NSW Schoolgirls Head of the River, seventeen girls from Years 10, 11 and 12 competed for a week in Sydney at the Australian Rowing National Championships.

With some very tough competition from all clubs and schools around Australia, CGGS walked away with its best National results ever.

We won two silver medals - U19 Coxed Four and the Schoolgirl Coxed Four. The girls had some amazing racing against Queenwood (from Mosman in Sydney) but were unfortunately beaten both times by 1.5 seconds.

Our U17 Quad won a silver medal, a massive feat being the only full school crew on the podium. All other medals were won by composite boats.

With all three Schoolgirls crews finishing in the top twelve in the country, the results show our strength across our Senior shed.

The girls should all be very proud of their efforts with CGGS finishing 3rd in Australia on the Schoolgirl point score. In addition to the girls mentioned above, congratulations to the following rowers who represented CGGS at the National Championships:

Zara Collisson (Year 12), Neve James (Year 10), Ella Kerr (Year 12), Anna Khan (Year 12), Alice Maxwell (Year 11), Madeline McGinness (Year 10), Andrea Newham (Year 10), Jenna Oerder (Year 10), Issy Shaw (Year 11), Grace Turner (Year 11), Georgina Wallace (Year 10) and Harriet Wallace (Year 12).

Congratulations to all our rowers on an outstanding season and thank you to everyone who supports them throughout the year.

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