Last weekend 113 rowers from Scotch Oakburn College represented the College at the 181St staging of the Launceston and Henley Regatta. This regatta would be the first for the many students new to rowing, including the U13 Boys and Girls who a fantastic first up regatta in front of family and friends.

Our U13 Girls won all their Division One races and our other crews in the races took out a clean sweep on the podium. Our winning crews were Singles – Isabella Wilson, Doubles – Chaeli Barron and Isabella Wilson and Quad – Aria Byron, Payton Brown, Sophie Storay, Elizabeth Popa, coxed by Ava Napier. In the Quad race, second place – Saffron Dick, Lilly Gurudoss, Chaeli Barron, Isabella Wilson, coxed by Lucy O’Connor. Third place – Mary Gale, Isabella Skirving, Abby Saunders, Olivia Stevens, coxed by Eloise Breden and fourth place – Makaela Fulton, Sophie Christie, Lucy van der Aa, Emily Atherton, coxed by Zoe Ballantyne.

Our U13 Boys won the Quad race. Crew – Oscar Davey, Jack Bamford, Harry Dennis, Tennison Stopford, coxed by Charlotte Ball. In Doubles Bamford and Stopford placed second as did Harry Dennis in the Singles race.

Our U14’s Girls finished second in Division One. Crew – Grace Briggs, Lucy Carter, Sienna Donlon, Ava Napier, coxed by Pranav Sundaram. Our U14 Boys won the Quad event. Crew – Lawson Hoare, Spencer Taylor, Fletcher Wagner, Ollie Dowling, coxed by Ava Napier. Ollie Dowling also won the U14 Boys Singles event.

In the U15’s events Cameron Parker won the Singles event and our U15 Boys and Girls crews competed strongly across their other events.

In the U16’s the Boys won the Eight’s, Four and Double (M. Russell and S. Brown) events, placed second in the Quads and third on Singles (S. Wells). Our U16 Girls finished second in the Fours, third in the Quad and Singles (K. Atherton). Our Open rowers dominated most events held at the regatta winning the Senior Girls and Boys 8’s Sprint, Fours, Girls Single (Lindsay Calvert), Girls Doubles (Schouten and Lindsay) and second place Girls and Boys Quad, Third place Boys Quad and Double (Gray and Birchmore).

Overall, our rowers won 16 Division One events and placed second and/or third in 19 of the 36 Division One races at the weekend. A fantastic effort which saw Scotch Oakburn finish a close second to Grammar in the Junior Rowing aggregate trophy and retain for the fourth year in a row the Graham and Liz Quinn trophy for Open rowers points score. Thank you to all our coaches for the great results at the weekend and for the parents who assisted in volunteer roles at the regatta and with assisting our rowers at the regatta.

Out next regatta will see the U16 and Senior rowers compete at the State Club Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington on 20-21 February.

New Boats in the Rowing Shed

On Saturday 6 February the College Rowing community christened and named three new boats for the program. The John Poynter name was carried over on to a new pair/double. Our Principal, Andy Muller was recognised for his support and involvement in Rowing at the College with his name now appearing on a new Quad/Four in the Seniors program. I am very honoured by the fact that the third boat, a Double for the program was named after yours truly (Jamie Breden). We all had an opportunity to speak and thank both the College and Rowing Community for these honours. We look forward to seeing the boats enjoyed, hopefully achieve some success along the way.

Jamie Breden
Director of Rowing