Over the weekend Kinross Wolaroi School's rowing teams competed at the NSW State Championships Rowing Regatta at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith and achieved outstanding results, officially placing as the top school in the State and achieving fourth position overall behind Sydney University, UTS and Sydney Rowing Clubs.
Kinross Wolaroi took home six Gold medals, three Silver medals and two Bronze medals over the weekend - a great achievement for our regional school.
Our School Boy Four of Alec Hoskin, Charlie Neville, Harry Houghton, Nick Brown and Lucinda McCarten took home a Silver medal in their final, finishing behind Shore in less than a second. A huge result for the boys, they worked hard to cross the finish line in a nail biting race.
Our Senior Girls Four were most impressive – a big congratulations to these girls Audrey Gill, Ayla Ryan, Georgia Sweetapple, Ella Kirby and Cailan McKay bringing our first Gold medal home for the weekend. These girls will continue to have an incredible season. Audrey learnt how to row only twelve weeks ago - it was a fantastic achievement for all of the girls.
Senior Girls First Eight (Bella Scammell, Freya Neville, Hannah Richardson, Annabelle Woods, Lucy Searle, Lucy Scammell, Liv Fredrickson, Sally Carter and Georgia Robson) had the most incredible race of the day. After shaking off all the nerves and winning the heat against Queenwood and Loreto Normanhurst, the girls fought hard in an intense Final, coming in 0.78 seconds behind Queenwood to bring home a Silver medal.
The Senior Boys Quad made the final, a tough race to finish the day – congratulations to Sterling Graham, Louis Maxwell, Alex Brown, Archie Lamont and Xanthe St Clair.
Our Schoolgirl Quads had a big weekend of racing. A great final race with Bella, Freya, Hannah, Annabelle and Georgia bringing home a Gold medal in the final.
The 'Super Lucy' Double – Lucy Searle and Lucy Scammell received a Gold medal in the Under 17 event.
Our top Year 9 students raced in the Under 16 events and without much racing experience these students did an excellent job. The boys worked hard in their heat to make it through to the 'A' Final – congratulations to Hugh Gordon, Campbell Miller, Callum Brown, George Wakem and Matt Davis. Our girls had a challenging heat and just missed out on the final – a huge effort and a great opportunity for race practice. Well done Phoebe Neville, Hannah McKay, Tessa Lawson, Tara McCormack and Zoe Bird.
The Schoolgirl Singles was the most competitive event of the day on Sunday. From eight girls who entered, we had three girls make the final after a series of tough heats and semi-finals. Well done to Bella Scammell for taking out the Gold medal and Freya Neville for taking out the Bronze medal in this event.
Alec Hoskin did an incredible job in the Schoolboy Single to get into the final with excellent races in the heats and semis; also very well done to Will Crawford who was up against tough competition in his races.
Our Schoolboy Doubles were exceptional, with both crews winning heats and making it into the finals. Well done Harry Houghton and Sterling Graham and just missing out in 3rd place were Nick Brown and Charlie Neville.
The Under 17 Girls Quad was the race of the day. These girls were incredible, and have remained undefeated the entire season. Lily Robson, Ayla Ryan, Lucy Scammell, Lucy Searle and Jayde Caro won Gold in their race.
The Under 17 Boys Quads were in some tough heats. Our first crew made it into the final, and despite an exceptional race, just got beaten over the line to bring home a very proud Bronze medal. Well done to Will Chamberlain, Fletcher Smith, Zac Annett, Ethan Shaw and Taylah Hobbs.
Our girls in the Schoolgirl Doubles competed in eight 2km races over the weekend and their stamina and endurance were exceptional. The Schoolgirl Doubles was a very tough race for both crews however they both made the final, with Bella Scammell and Freya Neville bringing another Silver medal to the table.
The champion race of the weekend goes to Lucy Searle in the Under 17 Single event – she took home a Gold medal and won definitively by a clear 10 seconds ahead of second place. Great work to Lucy Scammell, who also made the final.
Both Bella Scammell and Freya Neville also won a Gold medal in the Under 19 Quad event, rowing with Sydney Rowing Club, and Alec Hoskin won a Silver medal in his quad.
Some of our Rowers competed in ten 2km races over the weekend – an outstanding effort.
We are so proud of all our rowers who competed at the NSW State Championships Rowing Regatta - a huge congratulations to all.