While the first regatta of the season might have kicked off under leaden skies, nothing could dampen the competitive spirit of the 50 rowers who met on Saturday to contest the Roberts Family Trophy. Under instruction from Rowing Queensland Boat Official Mr Stewart McQuade, who yet again generously volunteered his time to explain Regatta rules to new rowers, both novice and established rowers raced in singles, doubles and quads from the Somerset Rowing Shed at Bond University.
The racing was fierce, and the leading house changed several times over the morning with only one point separating the top three houses at times. However, with only two races left, Veivers found another gear and won both quad races convincingly, catapulting them into the top place and bringing home the trophy.
But not all the superstars wore the Veivers blue, and the spirit award must surely go to the sole Andrews rower, Anthony McKenna who proudly sported his yellow house shirt and raced as hard as he could whether in a single or composite team.
The committee would like to thank the efforts of all the coaches, parents and Heads of House who came to support our rowers either by officiating, organising boats, volunteering their time or yelling encouragement to everyone regardless of House allegiance.
The next Regatta is to be held at Coomera Lake 27 April, where our rowers will compete against other schools in the Gold Coast Schools Rowing competition.
• 1st Veivers
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• 2nd Starkey
• 3rd Laver
• 4th Franklin
• 5th Andrews