Jamie Keehn is determined to break new ground in his final year of school rowing.
Jamie Keehn is determined to break new ground in his final year of school rowing.

Jamie aims for national title



CHAMPION all-round Rockhampton athlete Jamie Keehn has thrown away the javelin and is hitting the water for more sporting success.

Keehn returned to rowing training with the Grammarians Rowing Club this week as the group strokes towards its national title assault in Tasmania from March 7-12.

He is chasing further national title honours after winning the Australian under-18 javelin title in Sydney last month with a throw of 63.77m ? a distance which qualified Keehn for possible selection in the Australian Youth Olympic team to compete in Athens this year.

Keehn also gained selection in the Queensland under-18 match team to compete at the Telstra Australian Championships in Sydney next month.

He has now focused on rowing training in a bid to finally snare a national rowing medal.

Keehn, who enters Year 12 at Rockhampton Grammar School next week, has a further challenge as he battles the spinal problem scoliosis.

His training program now also includes nerve-point massage to help ease the pain.

In Tasmania Keehn will contest the under-19 single scull and hopes to retain his position in the open boys quad.

Keehn is dedicated to the cause despite not even considering rowing when he was a Year 7 student listening to a sport recruitment drive.

"I swore black and blue I wouldn't do it, not with the early mornings,'' Keehn said.

Now he sees rowing and athletics as the way to go while he plays cricket for "some fun''.

The Grammarians club is also sending an open girls quad to Tasmania.



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