An oarsome task ahead
GRAMMARIANS Rowing Club captains Jamie Keehn and Georgia Dunn have more than rowing on their minds heading into the national titles in Tasmania next week.
Keehn will contest the nationals and then head to athletics commitments while Dunn will push herself through a gruelling week of Capricornia water polo duties before sitting on the water for the rowing titles.
"I haven't done anything like this before (water polo followed by rowing),'' said Dunn, who lines up in the under-17 girls single scull and quad events at Lake Barrington. "I'll probably be a bit tired.''
Fellow year 12 student Keehn will row with the open quad before returning south seven days after the rowing nationals for an athletics camp in Melbourne.
Athletics Australia has invited Keehn to a four-day emerging talent training camp in Melbourne from March 20 to 24 ? a camp run by the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) in conjunction with the Commonwealth Games.
He also gets to watch the athletics competition at the Games. Keehn has been recognised as one of the top 40 under-18 athletes in Australia following his impressive win the under-18 javelin at last year's national titles in Sydney.
Grammarians Rowing Club coach Alan Bromiley, while not thrilled by the prospect of his charges sustaining injuries from other sports, knows he has no choice.
"With so much talent you have to expose them to it,'' Bromiley said.
"You can't stop them.''
The Grammarians club is one of regional Australia's most successful outfits and is again expected to feature in the medal hunt next week.