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Rowers make early start to rowing season

10th Jan 2018

RGS rowers are testing their fitness boundaries at a nationals selection camp and a Queensland Club Championships preparation camp.

A group of 19 rowers regrouped on 7 January to attend the high intensity camp 15 January based at the RGS Rowing Club.

RGS Head Rowing Coach John Smyth said all the students did a fitness test on their first day and did really well.

“It was a good sign that they’re fit going into the new year,’’ Mr Smyth said.

“They have all been keen but also a bit nervous wanting to do well individually.”

A larger group of rowers started training in October before this final group was formed in November.

“We look at it like two season. Six months we focus on State Schools Championships and for six months we focus on nationals,’’ Mr Smyth said.

A larger group of rowers will return to training in Term 2.

All 19 rowers will compete at the Queensland Club Championships at the Wyaralong Rowing Centre from 19-21 January.

Among the rowers competing is Luke Saunders (Year 12 in 2018).

“I’ve been down the shed most days over the holidays and also training at home so it hasn’t been too hard coming back into it,’’ Luke said.

Luke’s ultimate aim is to medal at State Championships and hopefully earn a start at nationals with a focus on the Quad and Four crews.

“I mainly joined rowing for the team sport. I like being with my mates out on the water, having a good time and have a good shot at getting medals,’’ Luke said.

“We just have to make sure every time we go out there we have a clean slate and are ready to go.”

Luke competed at last year’s nationals and is well aware of the high standard of competition.

“It’s pretty tough. Everyone around the nation is training just as hard as we are,’’ he said.

Fellow incoming Year 12 student Karis Edwards, who hopes to row in the double and quad, has also been putting everything into boosting her chances of winning a State medal and qualifying for nationals.

“We’ve been doing a lot to make sure we’re keeping up with our standards and improving on them,’’ Karis said.

“We’re really excited to push the boundaries that we have set for ourselves.

“Staying really consent and knowing what we have to work for should pull us through.

It’s been an extra busy summer holiday for three rowers with Grace Sypher, Bradley Burr and Dylan Rau also attending the Queensland Pathway 8 selection trials in December where Grace was successful in gaining squad selection and is now waiting on further advice on upcoming State squad training camps.

Pictured above: Laura Sypher and Kasey Frame.