Medal wins at Schoolboy Head of the River
By Blake Reid, Captain of Boats
This weekend saw the Radford College junior boys, intermediate boys and senior boys travel to Penrith once more for the Schoolboy Head of the River. The regatta proved the might of the Radford shed with our boys winning nine medals, a testament to their dedication throughout the season.
Some highlights from the weekend included Liam and James winning a Gold medal in the Year 8 Double Scull. They came from behind to win in the last few strokes. Alex Howitt won Silver in the Year 11 Single Scull against some very fast rowers that were twice his size, and the intermediate boys got a Personal Best in the Year 10 Quad Scull, even after Lucas’ oar fell apart in the first few strokes.
Other good results from the weekend were the Senior A Quad chasing down Silver in Division 1 of the Schooboy Quad. Daniel Majchrzak, Fin Sullivan, Noah Sampson, John Baker and cox Patrick Morrison almost upset the champions, Newcastle Grammar, who had to work hard to keep their bow out in front over the last 500 metres of the race.
The excitement kept building with the performance by the Senior B Quad of Blake Reid, Sam Earle, Monte Newman and Josh Everett (who only a few years back coxed the winning crew in the same event). This year it was cox Charlotte McCarthy guiding the crew to clinch Gold in Division 3.
Ethan Toscan and Sam Roberts both received Bronze in their respective Single races, despite a boat-stopping crab pushing Toscan from back into the pack at one point during his race.
Squad spirit was a real theme in this regatta, with all the boys saying the best part of the weekend was the cheering and support from fellow rowers and parents alike. Handshakes and hugs were passed around before and after races, and everyone was supportive of all other crews whether they were from Radford or not.
There was also a lot of talk and compliments about the food that was supplied and made by parents and Friends of Radford Rowing. Delicious rolls and biscuits kept all the boys happy with full bellies to keep them going through their races. The weekend was an absolute success with every squad receiving a good result.
As our Technical Director Vicky Spencer said: “Kinross can take our tent, but they will never take our medals!!!”