MEMBERS of two Gippsland Grammar rowing crews became gold medallists at the state championships held on Lake Wendooree in Ballarat at the weekend.
The team of coxswain Ailish McGrath (year nine), stroke Andrew Gray (10), Lachlan Wilmot (nine), Campbell Czempinski (nine) and William Lamb (10) won the under 17 men’s coxed quad scull, putting them in good stead for the Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships, to be held during the Sydney International Rowing Regatta.
The crew will come up against the best in the country in Penrith from March 14 to 20.
Gippsland Grammar’s senior girls team of Emerson Lowe (year 12), Caitlin Baker, Tess Maxfield, Jessica Thompson (all year 11) and with fellow classmate Kate Hamilton at the helm as coxswain, also put in a sterling performance to win the schoolgirls’ coxed quad division three race.
This crew will progress to the Head of School Girls Regatta, to be held in Geelong on Saturday.
After two days of racing, Gippsland Grammar featured in nine A finals and bought home seven medals, two golds, three silvers and two bronzes, as well as some personal best times.
Gippsland Grammar director of rowing Peter Campbell said it was a wonderful achievement and an excellent reward for all of the students’ hard work.
“The weekend’s success is a huge and timely boost in confidence ahead of the final regatta of the season,” he said.
“I’m very proud of the way the rowers conducted themselves.
“They’ve epitomised our fundamental measure of success – to be the best they can be.”