Paddling beyond her years, rower scoops regional titles

IT only takes 12-year-old Aleesha Lenehan four minutes and 16 seconds to cover 1km in her single scull.

The St Joseph's Banora Point student will go to the Queensland schools state titles confident of a result, despite the fact she will be competing in the under-14s and 15s divisions.

At a regional meet last fortnight, Aleesha set the fastest time in the two older divisions, going fastest in a qualifying heat, then winning her quarter-final with ease.

Unfortunately, in the final Aleesha had an incident just after the start, which put her out of the running.

"Just after the race started I caught a crab, which ended my chances of a win," Aleesha said.

(Catching a crab in rowing is when the rower is unable to remove the oar blade from the water when completing a stroke.)

It's a busy schedule for the Tweed's rowing prodigy.

"I train every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and do a little bit of gym work as well."

Aleesha will compete at the school state titles in Bundaberg on September 21.



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