Keeping school tradition afloat

LINDISFARNE'S proud rowing history looks set to continue after solid representation from three of its stars at the NSW Independent Schools Championship Regatta in Canberra last month.

Jessica Coy, Rhys Herriott and Nathan Goldstone all fought extreme wind conditions for two days of intense competition on the Yarramundi Reach at Lake Burley, and can hold their heads high for their efforts.

Rhys and Nathan attended an under-17 camp for elite rowers during the school holidays, and the coaching they received from former Olympic and world champions paid dividends in competition.

The 15-year-olds competed in the open double scull race, and after qualifying for the main final in sixth place, lifted another gear to power home in third place and scoop a bronze medal.

Individually though the boys couldn't quite emulate their team performances.

Rhys scraped into the C-grade final ranked sixth (18th overall), but again fitness prevailed over his rivals and he bolstered himself into fourth.

Nathan qualified in a slightly slower time (22nd overall) and found himself in the D-grade final rated fourth, but an inspiring effort saw him power through the 1800m well ahead of the field to secure an illusive gold medal.

“Nathan and Rhys gained a great deal from their interaction on the camp,” Lindisfarne's Danielle Saunders said.

“They showed a high level of competency at this level.”

Not to be outdone, Jessica qualified highest out of the Lindisfarne athletes, entering the finals as the ninth ranked competitor.

However racing in the B-grade single scull she ran out of steam and completed the 1500m course in fourth place.

It was a disappointing result for Jessica who was a stand-out at the National Rowing Association age championships in Grafton on February 1.

There Jessica achieved a silver medal in the under-15 quad scull and a bronze in the under-15 double scull

“Their hard training over the holidays has paid off,” Saunders said.

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