The 2016 Rowing season started off with bang as a group of 25 Somerset Rowing students headed off to Taree, for the annual Rowing Camp and Taree summer regatta. The camp started off with the group jumping straight into rigorous training sessions. The three days all seemed to blur into one another and it seemed all we were doing was eating, sleeping and rowing.
The training consisted of a few dry land sessions, lots of on-water sessions, as well as the beach runs at Forster. On the last day of training a storm hit, and consequently the group were unable to train that morning, although that problem was fixed quickly with the group doing an under-cover dry land session. That afternoon the rain persisted and the students did exceptionally well to train though the challenging conditions. A big congratulations to the Boys' Open Mixed Eight, Declan Roberts, Reuben Mansell, Finlay Walton, Oliver Thew, Sam Platt-Muniz, Lorenz Muhlbauer, Ryan McClure, Maximilian Jenneret and Joshua Redfern, who rowed the 16km to the regatta course in the pouring rain.
On Saturday the regatta kicked off and the students didn’t miss a beat, with Madizen Wilkins placing first in her under 16 single and then backing it up with a win in the Under 16 Double with Jade Mansell. At the same time Katherine Plume and Hannah Neuman came flying home to win their Under 17 Double. Throughout the weekend the girls continued their streak by winning the Under 17 Quad. The girls also managed to pull well above their weight and win the Under 19/21 Four, with Madizen Wilkins, Olivia Sina, Hannah Neuman and Jade Mansell, meanwhile Katherine Plume brought home the last of the girls medals winning her Under 17 Single by a significant margin.
The Boys Open Four consisting of Declan Roberts, Reuben Mansell, Finlay Walton and Oliver Thew did especially well, winning both the Mens C Grade and D Grade races, and Declan Roberts, Sam Platt-Muniz, Oliver Thew, Reuben Mansell went on the take out the win for the Mens Under 19/21 Four. Lachlan Munro and Joe McElhone battled it out in the Under 16 Double just missing out and coming home second.
A massive congratulations goes out to the Mixed Eight, Jade Mansell, Madizen Wilkins, Katherine Plume, Olivia Sina, Sam Platt-Muniz, Oliver Thew, Declan Roberts, Reuben Mansell, and Finlay Walton for coming fourth in the Open Mixed Eight and winning a $200 voucher to Croker.
All-in-all the camp and regatta were a great success and gave the squad race experience that will be essential for the upcoming Nationals campaign. The camp would not have been possible without our coaches Andrew Butler, Alison Barry and Andrew Hodges who helped and supported us throughout the week. Also a big thank you to Mrs Sina and Mr and Mrs Eksteen for helping with transportation and catering.
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