Ideal conditions greeted rowers on Sunday for Corowa Rowing Club’s annual Santa Regatta with a large entry of local rowers.
Corowa Rowing Club members from Albury, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Tocumwal and locals featured in the 25 race program, one of the largest Santa Regattas held.
The regatta was an ideal preparation for the club’s rowers as a lead into the M.R.A Regatta to be held at Lake Moodemere on January 13 and 14.
The regatta featured events to cater for younger members with races for grade 4 to high school rowers.
Some of the highlights were the first regatta performance of Bella Heagney, Sommer Norton, Lily Hanrahan and Laura Duncan.
These rowers have been training well and their efforts showed in their first race experience.
Our newly accredited coxswains competed and showed they will be well prepared for the upcoming regattas.
The club has a great representation from Lowesdale Primary with the Hogans, Lachie, Sommers, Indie, Clancy and Imogen Tomlinson and the Haswells’ Tim and Tegan competing in multiple events.
Not to be outdone were Emily and Aleisha Price, Spencer and Adelyn Holland, Will and Brodie Julian and Josh Bruce having their first win.
The day’s racing featured singles, doubles, quads and the popular Octa sculls giving the rowers an opportunity to compete in multiple events.
The club’s more senior members teamed up with the club’s young rowers and newest members from the just completed learn to row program.
One of the highlights was life member Peter Gamble teaming up with Kerrie Ormond in the double scull to lead all the way for a great victory.
Peter is one of the club’s senior members who trains in the mornings as an ideal fitness and strength building sport.
The regatta was well supported by the rowers’ family and friends with racing fast and close, keeping the crowd entertained.
The day was possible from the help of the many volunteers who work hard to provide a safe sporting experience.
A big thank you also to Santa who made his usual appearance at the regatta, much to the delight of the kids.
A full list of winners is on the board at the rowing shed.
The focus quickly shifts to the M.R.A Regatta where our local rowers will take on the state’s best.
Thursday night the club is running the popular pizza night, with almost 50 names on the board - cut off day is Tuesday to assist with catering.
The Corowa Rowing Club wishes its members a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year as the rowing season ramps up towards the State Championships in Ballarat on the first weekend in March.
Training days and times will be confirmed on the whiteboard for over the Christmas and New Year break.