On the water, four mornings a week at 5.15am, training in the dark; add to that two gym sessions, blisters, two rowing camps, balancing senior high school work loads and other sports, this group of dedicated young women have rowed countless kilometres together on the Nerang River at Southport this winter.
For Mapleton’s Aurora Johnston and Holly Balch, training starts in Term 2, building into Term 3 where six regattas are held at Wyaralong Dam, near Beaudesert.
The last regatta is the prestigious Head of the River, where ten schools compete in the ultimate rowing event for the Brisbane Schoolgirls’ Rowing Association. The girls were delighted to be presented with medals for third place.
At the Ammonite Dinner that night all the crew were congratulated, and the school celebrated their first ever win of the Head of the River trophy for the First VIII at St Hilda’s School, in 104 years of rowing.