THE Gippsland Grammar under 17 boys’ team won gold at the state rowing championships held in Ballarat at the weekend.
Conditions were tough for all competitors with a strong cross wind throughout the weekend, but the crew of year 10 students Tom Phelan-Penson, Lachlan Rose and Charlie Swinn, and year nine students Tom Condron and cox Will Hall performed well to take the main prize. They followed up their gold performance with a bronze in the D grade men’s quad on the Sunday.
These medals were two of an 11 medal haul for the school at the state titles.
Senior boys quad of William Lamb, Andrew Gray, Lachlan Wilmot and James Thompson with Miya Hancock as the cox won silver in the schoolboy coxed quad open division one final. It secured a second silver in the under 19 coxed quad scull and bronze in the B grade quad.
Wilmot also won silver in the school boys single scull open division one event.
The senior girls won bronze in the schoolgirl double scull open division one, the under 17 women’s double won silver and the C grade double scull bronze.
Year eight student Cameron Rule teamed with rowers from Bairnsdale Rowing Club to win silver in the under 15 boys’ quad.
At the junior girls state championships in Geelong, Gippsland Grammar’s year 10 girls were awarded silver in the schoolgirls’ year 10 coxed quad division three.
Gippsland Grammar rowing director Peter Campbell was pleased with individual performances and the haul of medals.
“Every year we get better. With 11 medals in our 2018 haul, that’s three more than last year, and we are just stoked that all students at Gippsland Grammar get the opportunity to have a go at this amazing sport,” he said.
“Winning really is a habit.”