Tasmania’s top rowers have returned triumphant from the Sydney International Rowing Regatta.
Tamar Rowing Club enjoyed a successful week thanks to Ciona Wilson, who bagged gold medals in the open women’s coxed eight and coxless four to be among the state’s best performers.
Teammate Oliver Marsden joined in with a bronze of his own, while Henry Youl made a successful transition from the under-23s by making the open men’s single A final and finishing just short of the podium in the double.
“Because I made the A final in the single, I was the highest-ranked Tasmanian sculler so I got the gig to represent Tasmania on Sunday in the interstate regatta which is a pretty surreal feeling,” the under-23 national representative said.
“That’s what I row for - to try and represent my state and my country, so it was a good week for my first season in seniors.”
North Esk collected two silvers and two bronzes from the week’s racing, with Connor Ryan having a hand in three of the four medals.
Coach Trevor Barrett said while his club’s medal haul was slightly less than last year, the overall performance had been North Esk’s “best year by far”.
“We went up there trying to get into the A finals and we made every A final that we entered,” Barrett said.
“Our junior under-19 group were very unlucky because they came fourth in their double and fourth in their quad.
“The two girls Rebecca (Bye) and Annaliese (Mackie), they made the A final of the schoolgirls singles and got fourth and sixth which is really good.”
Scotch Oakburn returned with two silvers and a bronze, and contributed to what head coach James Russell described as a united front across all Tasmanian clubs.
“We train up to eight or nine sessions a week and we’ve been doing that for nine months, so they train as elite athletes as well as do their schoolwork and be teenagers at the same time so we’re extremely proud of them,” Russell said.
“We were really pleased with the results the school got, we’ve put in a lot of work.”