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Gippsland Grammar rowing captains Malia Wheal and Tom Condron with rowing director Nick Bartlett.

Rowing medals

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Gippsland Grammar rowing captains Malia Wheal and Tom Condron with rowing director Nick Bartlett.

Gippsland Grammar rowers second best in state

Gippsland Grammar Rowing has been named second best school/club in the state following the Victorian Championships on the weekend.

The rowers achieved nine gold, nine silver and two bronze at the event at Nagambie, and they now go on to the Nationals in Tasmania later this month.

Rowing Director Nick Bartlett was full of praise for students and the support crew.

“Students dug deep when it counted to reap the rewards," Nick said.

"Hard work pays off.”

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Local rowers came up against others from highly regarded clubs and schools from across the state.

Nick was most appreciative of the time and effort put in by volunteer coaches who, in most cases, were Old Scholars of Gippsland Grammar. He also praised the parents who not only help at training sessions but care and cater for students at regattas throughout the season.

Gippsland Grammar Rowing Captain Malia Wheal was elated with the weekend’s success.

“So excited and I was so proud of everyone," Malia said.

"We’ve all worked hard over the last couple of months, it was a great achievement for us.

"It just shows if you put in the effort you can achieve anything.”

Malia said she trained ten times a week, on the water and in the gym on strength and conditioning.

Fellow Rowing Captain Tom Condron said the weekend highlight for him was rowing with his brother in the doubles, saying that sharing the highs was a privilege. He said the Gippsland Grammar crew is now looking forward to the Nationals.

Meanwhile, the Junior Boys State Championships were also held over the weekend on Lake Wendouree in Ballarat. Gippsland Grammar succeeded in bringing home two gold medals, a silver and a bronze.

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