Sasha returns with the gold

ROCKHAMPTON'S Sasha Belonogoff continues to rise above unchartered waters.

Belonogoff was the star of the Queensland Secondary Schools Rowing Championships in Bundaberg at the weekend.

Competing for the Grammarians Rowing Club, Belonogoff returned home with four gold medals in an outstanding performance that was unrivalled at the state regatta.

Belonogoff took out the under16 boys' single scull before he combined with Stuart Bentley and Jamie Keehn to win the Year 10 and Year 11 boys' double scull events respectively.

With a national gold medal already to his name in just his third season in the sport, Belonogoff also stroked the Year 11 boys' quad team to victory, which included Keehn, Bentley, Matthew Toop and James Reid (cox).

"He's really something for the future,'' Grammarians head coach Alan Bromiley said.

"There was no doubt he was the most outstanding athlete at the regatta.''

Another impressive performer was newcomer to the state rowing scene Lachlan James.

James, who is equally at home on the rugby league field or basketball court, convincingly won his heat, semi-final and final in the under-14 boys' single scull.

Ben Morley also collected gold in the under-15 boys' single scull and narrowly missed out on a second when he and Callum Winlow claimed silver in the Year 9 boys' double scull.

The open girls' quad crew of Meg Wilson (stroke), Zoe Schwarz, Georgia Dunn, Lindy Tighe and Sophie Holloway (cox), also led the Grammarians' medal charge, winning silver behind Brisbane's St Aidan's Anglican Girls School.

Wilson finished third in the open girls' single scull.

The Grammarians will enjoy a short break before fine-tuning their preparations for next year's national championships in Tasmania.



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