Lachlan rows his way to the top

ROCKHAMPTON'S Lachlan James is always ready for any challenge in the sporting arena.

James will make his debut for the Rockhampton Grammarians Rowing Club at this weekend's Queensland Secondary Schools Rowing Championships in Bundaberg.

After hitting the water just four months ago, the junior rugby league, rugby union and basketball star is preparing to contest the under-13 boys' single, double and quad scull events.

Grammarians head coach Alan Bromiley said James had shown plenty of promise in his short time in the sport.

"He's just a great athlete,'' Bromiley said.

"This is the first individual sport he's ever done, but he will also compete in the quad.''

The Grammarians are sending a strong 40-member contingent to the state regatta, with Bromiley rating his squad a medal chance in multiple events.

Another leading contender is the equally-talented Annie Belonogoff in the under-13 girls' competition.

Bromley said the female rowers had been "training the house down'' with coaches Islay and Linda Lee, along with Michael Burke.

"We're very strong this year and we should have a very good regatta,'' Bromiley said.

The regatta starts tomorrow before finals action on Sunday.



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