Rowing regatta and fundraiser

Radford Rowing

Radford Rowing


By Annie Creer, Captain of Boats

On Sunday 19 November, 32 Radford rowing crews travelled to the Sydney International Regatta Centre for the widely anticipated ISRA competition. It was a very successful day, with Radford coming away with nine gold, five silver and five bronze medals. In total, 19 crews finished with a podium placing. This is an incredible feat given that, for many rowers and coxes, it was their first opportunity to compete outside of Canberra. Radford certainly made an impression, with the commentators and spectators commenting on our success and the high standard of rowing on the course.

The cox hits the water at the ISRA regatta

Radford had many notable achievements across crews and year levels through the course of the day. Notably, Radford dominated the Single Scull event across several year groups, winning gold in multiple events. The following students topped the podium respectively: Annie Creer (Schoolgirl 1x), John Baker (Schoolboy 1x), Jacinta Buckman (Year 11 1x), Miguel Fernandez (Schoolboy 1x), Damien Schroder (Year 10 1x), Lizzie Gregory (Year 10 1x) and Sam Roberts (Year 9 1x).

The Yr 7/8 quad (Kelleher-Cole, Volker Smith, Smith, Kendall, Staughton (cox)) led their heat from the start, crossing the line first. The wind blew up later in the day making starts challenging and the crew were unsettled by a quick start from the umpire but regained their composure, producing a 12-second improvement on their time from the heat and winning a silver medal. Lucia Volker Smith and Bridget Kelleher-Cole followed up with the Year 7/8 double scull where they had a close race, finishing with two-seconds off gold for a well-earned silver.

The Yr 7/8 Boys quad (Gregory, Bush, Kenneally, Dixon, Heatley (cox)) finished second in the heat to St Augustine's and managed to back this performance up to take silver in the Final.

The Yr 8/9 A crew (Abbott, Parkinson, Roberts, Toscan, Kenneally (cox)) rowed well to finish just behind St Augustine's in the heat. Keen to step up in the final, they were rowing through to silver and pressuring gold, only to catch a crab and break an oar. This crew is one to watch in the future and will gain valuable experience from the Sydney race. The Yr 8/9 B quad (Walker, Barrett, Woods, Robertson, Armstrong (cox)) finished 4th in the heat. The crew did a tremendous job to improve their performance between the heat and the final where they finished with a silver medal (Div 2).

The Yr 10 Boys quads used the regatta as an opportunity to improve their racing profile, there is still work to do in this squad with several beginners making their debut this season, however, the depth is good with the B quad (Walker, Lang, Kruger, Wright, Armstrong (cox)) picking up a silver medal in Div 2.

The Senior shed came away with a decent medal horde from the day's racing. Dyne and Greenland dominated their first ever row in the double together, leading the race from the start to earn themselves an easy gold on the podium in the Schoolgirl double scull. Sampson and Majchrzak had a tough race but held on to pick up bronze in the Schoolboy double scull. The Senior Boys A quad (Baker, Sampson, Majchrzak, Fernandez, Morrison (cox)) had a good start to their race, faded a bit in the middle thousand but sprinted home to take bronze. This crew still has some work to do before Head of the River. The B quad (Sullivan, Reid, Earle, Everett, McCarthy (cox)) stepped up significantly this regatta to take bronze in Div 2, less than a second behind silver. The Senior Girls A quad (Murray, Buckman, Greenland, Creer, Blake (cox)) dominated the Schoolgirl A Division, taking gold six seconds ahead of Kinross. The B quad (Sayers, Barclay, Northcote, Dyne, Clode (cox)) led through the middle thousand but were pipped on the line, taking bronze in Div 2.

ISRA Regatta

It is safe to say that, regardless of the rower's final position, each and every person came out of the regatta with some new knowledge on how to improve their racing skills and almost every crew achieved a PB time.

Many thanks go out to incredible Head Coach, Vicky Spencer, for organising the day and to the coaches for their hard work, encouragement and patience. Also, to the dedicated parent volunteers for helping with trailer towing and catering for without them, the event certainly would not have been possible.


FoRR Friends of Radford Rowing (FoRR) have launched a Holiday Wine Fundraiser. The wines are premium quality and offer excellent value as we have purchased direct from the producer. Collection from the rowing shed will commence from next Saturday and thereafter most Saturdays until the end of term. Collection from school can be arranged for non-rowing families. Please support this fundraiser and enjoy some lovely wines. The details on how to order are included in the attached flyer.

Thanks for your continued support!

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