Korowa Rowers Make History
Rowing has a reputation for being one of the toughest sports on the school roster, requiring not only skill but a certain grit and determination to power through. The rowers who rise early and race hard are the ones who reap the rewards.
At the most recent rowing regatta in Geelong, the Victorian Schoolgirl Open, our rowers made history. Our Senior Black crew won the Coxed Quad Division 1 Championship for the first time, becoming State Champions in the Under 21 and Under 19 categories. For a school with a more than 150-year history, this is a significant victory and one for the record books.
Crew members Year 11 student Demetria Kyriacopoulos and Year 12s Anna Richards, Julia Crute and Ainsley Baird showed the strength of our rowing squad through this historic win.
The Korowa rowing squad had many reasons to celebrate throughout the day, capped off by Intermediate rower Annie Spiers, Year 10, winning a Bronze medal in her single sculling event and Emma Gilmour winning the B Final. Sculler Millie Marchant also achieved a record time, placing them all in the top five times of the day.
Two Intermediate quad crews came third in their heats, earning both teams a place in the final where they shaved four seconds off their heat times.
The Juniors were eager to compete in their final regatta before the Head of School Girls and the Fifths pushed hard to achieve personal best times. The Seconds narrowly missed out on winning the B final, coming in second by less than a metre and the Fourths and Thirds each made it into their finals and both placed third.
Jemima Parton, Year 9, said, “The Juniors took on another long, eventful day at Geelong for the State Champs. Overall, it was fantastic day with so many achievements, and we all can’t wait to compete at our first Head of School Girls!”
Soon, our girls will take to the water for the Head of Schoolgirls, the largest girls’ rowing regatta in the Southern Hemisphere.
We wish them luck!
About Rowing at Korowa:
Korowa is one of the few schools around Victoria to be able to offer rowing to girls, alongside a roster of 18 other sports. Girls are introduced to rowing in Year 7 during Physical Education classes and may continue with a ‘Learn to Row’ program in Year 8. From Year 8, girls may join Korowa’s rowing squad. Our squad is highly competitive and disciplined, with expert coaching from coaches including Olympic athletes and Korovians. Korowa’s rowing crews consistently rank in the Top 10 state-wide and nationally.