Rowing - NSW Head of the River

Radford rowers won 17 medals over two days of racing at the NSW Boys and Girls Head of the River events

Radford rowers won 17 medals over two days of racing at the NSW Boys and Girls Head of the River events

By Isobel Allison (Rowing GAP Coach)

Last weekend, the Radford rowers - from Year 8 to Senior Level- packed the boat trailer and set off for the New South Wales Schoolgirl and Schoolboy Head of the River events.

Held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, it was an opportunity for our crews to show off their talent and finish the season.

All crews displayed the results of their outstanding efforts over the course of the season and gained some valuable and memorable experience racing against a number of prestigious NSW school crews.

On Saturday, the girls competed across a range of different boats. Totalling 17 different crews overall, they represented the school in Single, Double, Quad and Eight events during the day. The Year 8 girls performed remarkably well, especially considering it was their first time racing at a NSW Head of the River.

Year 9 double scullers Ruby Archer and Nea Exell commenced Radford’s racing in the third race of the day. The Year 10 Eight - Jess Schroder, Danielle Buckman, Georgia Nicholson, Olivia Hombsch, Kiara Shaw, Bridget Kelleher-Cole, Niamh Pascoe, Sarah Wilford and cox Jemima Green - stepped up to the podium to receive a silver medal. This was an impressive feat, particularly given that this was the first ever women’s first eight to represent Radford at the Head of the River.

The Double Scull of Lily Smith-Saarinen and Lissie Gregory made it through the final, placing third against some tough competition. Furthermore, Niamh Pascoe achieved an impressive third place in the final of her Year 10 Single Scull event.

To cap off a successful day of racing, the senior girls’ quad - Lily Smith-Saarinen, Jacinta Buckman, Lissie Gregory, Tilly Stanier and cox Spencer Burns - applied maximum effort, earning them second place in the final event of the day, the First Coxed Quad Scull.

The following day, the Radford boys’ squads zuited up and competed against some of the top rowing schools from the ACT and NSW. Despite tough racing conditions due to the wet weather, the boys could still be seen cheering and supporting the other crews, as well as achieving a set of incredible results.

Highlights included Year 8 boys Hunter Jolly and Oli Fox earning second place in their Year 8 Double Scull event. Additionally, the Year 9 second double devised of Oliver Bailey and James Dixon achieved third place. In the third single scull, Callum Durnell placed third, earning him a bronze medal. Tyson Munro also won the Year 9 Second Single Scull event.

In Year 10, Lachlan Barrett earned silver in the Year 10 Second Single Scull. What’s more, Sam Roberts and Angus Abbott earned silver in the Second Double Scull Category. The Year 10 coxed quad - Ethan Toscan, Sam Roberts, Angus Abbot, Tyson Munro and cox Jemima Green - won bronze in a close finish between them, second, and fourth place.

Further highlights of the day included the second coxed quad - Nick Seddon, Lucas Lang, Griffin Williamson, Josh Everett and cox Jemima Green -achieving first place in the second division of the Coxed Quad Scull.

The first quad - Noah Sampson, Damien Schroder, Joseph Walker, Sam Earle and cox Ben Heatley - earned a bronze in Division 1 of the same event.

Joseph Walker also achieved a silver in his Second Single Scull event. Damien Schroder and Noah Sampson earned a gold medal in the first double scull. Ethan Kruger also achieved second place in the division 3 single scull.

Over the course of the weekend, the Radford rowers achieved a total of 17 medals over two days of racing, an outstanding achievement for all our athletes who competed.

A massive thank you to Vicky Spencer, Director of Rowing, and all the coaches, staff and parents who made the weekend such a success. Also, a huge thanks goes to Heath Shaw in Year 8 for going out of his way to help many crews during the day. All the rowers should be very proud of their efforts over the weekend and the course of this rowing season.

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