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.