Somerset rowers struck gold at the Queensland Schools Rowing Championships in Rockhampton in the school holidays. Thomas Liu defended his 2017 title in the Legs Trunk and Arms Single Scull for rowers with a disability and the Year 11 Boys took gold in the Coxed Four.
The championships is Australia’s second largest rowing competition, behind the national championships with around 800 competitors from all over Queensland competing in boys and girls events from Year 8 to Year 12 during the September school holidays.
Somerset crews also achieved three silver medals in the Open Boys Four, Open Boys Pair and the Year 11 Pair as well as bronze in the Boys Open Pair.
Other notable performances were fourth and fifth placings for Jade Mansell and Katherine Plume respectively in the Open Girls Single Scull. Fifth place for the Boys Year 8 Quad Scull, Girls Open Pair, sixth place for the Boys Year 9 Quad Scull and sixth place in Girls Year 11 pair and Boys Open Eight.
I would like to congratulate all of the students who competed at the championships and who represented Somerset College with pride. On a number of occasions, I was commended on how impressive our students are in the way they support each other, their manners and on their team spirit.
I would also like to thank the staff and parents who helped to make the event successful, especially Coaches Olivia Sina, Reuben Mansell and especially Mr Greg Juniper who travelled with the team and provided such great support.
Boys LTA Single Scull – Thomas Liu
Boys Year 11 Coxed Four – Julius Wright, Chester Whiting, Declan Thew, Joe Lanham, Austin Macrossan
Boys Year 11 Pair – Declan Thew, Joe Lanham
Boys Open Coxed Four – Blake Mills, Lachlan Munro, Marc Eksteen, Aidan McKeon, Austin Macrossan
Boys Open Pair – Blake Mills, Aidan McKeon