The Rowing season officially started last weekend (8-9 February) with our 1st VIII, 2nd VIII and Year 10 VIII travelling to Penrith for the Rowing NSW State Championships.
The girls had to overcome many challenges in the lead up to the season, particularly the air quality in Canberra which hindered training over summer.
Following a less-than-ideal preparation, our rowers faced adverse weather conditions in Penrith - dealing with almost 200mm of rain in two and half days - which resulted in the regatta being called off for racing on Sunday, due to the high winds and intense rain.
However, the girls all performed very well and now know what needs to be done over the next six weeks before Nationals and NSW Head of the River. The First VIII came in 5th, only seven seconds behind 1st place, Geelong Grammar.
“I was proud of all the girls' efforts in very tough racing conditions,” Captain of Boats, Grace Turner (Year 12), said.
“Racing with the boats full of water was a new experience and challenge to deal with.”
We currently have 95 students involved in rowing and encourage all members of our community to support the girls by coming along to regattas throughout the season. Here is a list of upcoming events for your diary:
- 15 February - ACT Rowing Regatta (Lake Burley Griffin)
- 22-23 February - IGSSA Rowing (Penrith, NSW)
- 14-15 March - ACT Rowing Regatta and Head of the Lake (Lake Burley Griffin)
- 28-29 March - National Championships (Penrith, NSW – for selected rowers only)
- 4 April - NSW Schoolgirls Head of the River (Penrith, NSW)
Head of Rowing
Photo at top: CGGS rowers training on Lake Burley Griffin.