Australian Swimming Championships Success

The Schoolboy’s Coxed Quadruple Scull team were the standout achievers for Kinross Wolaroi at the National Rowing Championships in Nagambie, Victoria on 28 March to 3 April. Kinross Wolaroi topped the School rankings and took home six medals - one gold, three silver and two bronze. 

In a field of 95 clubs including major players such as Sydney Uni and ANU, Kinross Wolaroi School achieved an outstanding equal 12th place overall, sharing the position of top performing School in the Championships with St Augustine’s. 

Kinross Wolaroi took a remarkable two teams into the Schoolboy’s Coxed Quad Scull ‘A’ Final, in a field of six entries, taking a silver medal with Fletcher Smith, Charlie Neville, Nicholas Brown, Alec Hoskin and cox Angus Petersen. The Schoolboy Quads silver was the first medal the boy teams have won in a number of years at Nationals, showing a resurgence in boys rowing at the School. 

The same crew went on to deliver gold in the Schoolboy’s Coxed Quadruple Scull Sprint team against a field that included Cathedral Townsville and Cranbrook School.  

The boys scored another silver in the Under 17 Men's Coxed Quadruple Scull for Nicholas Tancred, Tom Day, Oscar Cleary, Oliver Smith and cox Angus Petersen. These boys raced up an age group and will be able to compete in this same division in 2023, when the National Championships head to Champion Lakes in Perth. 

Alec Hoskin took a creditable bronze in the Schoolboy’s Single Scull. 

The girls’ teams also delivered medals, with a silver in the Under 19 Women’s Coxed Eight, featuring Audrey Gill, Milly Lane, Lucy Searle, Lucy Scammell, Ayla Ryan, Annabelle Woods, Hannah Richardson, Georgia Sweetapple and cox Georgia Robson. There was a bronze for the same four rowers in the Schoolgirl's Coxed Quadruple Scull in the ‘A’ Final. 

The Nationals’ result was a great conclusion to a season that saw one of the schools’ best performances across all competitions, even in the face of disruptions from COVID and heavy rain. 

Principal Dr Andrew Parry said he was absolutely thrilled with the result. 

“We’ve put Kinross Wolaroi on the map as a great rowing school in the last three years,” he said. 

“I’m incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication of these students and staff, as well as the commitment of our community to supporting this fabulous sport. 

“Rowing develops not only physical ability but also mental toughness and it can take our students further than they can imagine both as a sport and for scholarship opportunities at home and abroad. 

“It is all part of a ‘regional heart, global spirit’ philosophy that sees our students enjoy the benefits of our beautiful country location at the same time as having a world of opportunities open to them at school and beyond.”