The 2019 Queensland Schools’ State Championships started with a time-trial format for all the single scull entries. This is the first time this format has been used, and it was great to see Callum McClure and Nicholas Tan both qualify for their respective A-Finals.
Several Spartan athletes clocked their season best times for the time trial, but up against tough competition from around the State were unable to progress to their A-Finals. Saturday afternoon saw heats of the Year 8 and 9 girls double sculls and the Year 9 boys double sculls. While Harry Jordan and Callum McClure, and Zac van den Brink and Xavier McMullen progressed the other doubles were eliminated. The Year 8 girls double of Georgia Daly and Lillian Tan, missing out by just one and a half seconds. Callum McClure followed his single scull and double scull effort up with a Silver Medal in the South Coast Inter-Regional Under 16 representative quad. A great way to round out the first day of competition.
On Sunday it was the Year 10 boys' quad who claimed Silver, just getting in front of Cathedral College on the line. A great result as the conditions got harder and harder to row in as the day went on. Callum McClure and Nicholas Tan had their A-Finals for their single sculls, with tough competition pushing them out of the top placings.
Monday was a tough day for all competitors as the third day started to show signs of tired bodies. Tom Liu repeated his performance from last year, bringing home a Gold medal for the Para-Rowing event in the single scull. This is a great recognition for the hard work and dedication that Tom puts in to be involved in a sport that already has so many challenges. His ability to make the most of what an individual is capable of, is a great role model for all of us.
It was great to see so many Spartan athletes representing the Somerset spirit of competition. Great teamwork and support across all age groups and both genders working as one at the toughest competition in Queensland for School rowing.
Para-Rowing LTA Single Scull – Tom Liu
Inter-Regional Quad Under 16 Boys Quad – Callum McClure
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Boys Year 10 Quad Scull – Nichols Tan, Cam Smith, Fergus McKeon, Josh Mills and Austin Macrossan