Fitzroy River regatta proved one of the most successful

BIG RIVER: Max Napper and Spencer Hansen gave it everything on the Fitzroy River course but failed to place in the boys open coxless pair.
BIG RIVER: Max Napper and Spencer Hansen gave it everything on the Fitzroy River course but failed to place in the boys open coxless pair. Allan Reinikka Rokarowing

ROCKHAMPTON Grammar School had one of its most successful regattas in its proud rowing history and it achieved this at its home course on the Fitzroy River.

RGS came equal first with Coomera Anglican College with five gold medals, two silver and three bronze at the Queensland Schools Rowing Championships, which concluded yesterday.

"At last year's state championships we won four medals in total, so to bring home five gold medals and 10 in total is a massive step up," outgoing RGS rowing coach John Smyth said.


The gold rush began in Sunday's finals, with Lawson Storey and Max Napper working hard to win the boys open double scull.

Shortly after, the crew of Lucy Blair, Georgia Saunders, Briony Mueller, Imogen Storey and cox Georgia Henderson won the girls open quad.

Yesterday's finals saw three more gold medals; the Year 8 girls double, the open boys coxed four and the open girls double.

Max Napper and Lawson Storey's effort was outstanding to win the boys open double scull over 2000m, after qualifying third fastest.

"After the middle of the race we broke away and managed to hold the lead until the finish," Napper said.

Storey praised his younger rowing partner.

"We were second over the first 1000m but we didn't let off," he said.

"We lifted our tempo at the 500m mark and held on to win.

"It's actually one of the toughest races I have been in. It was a gut buster and it left us a bit wobbly afterwards.

"I owe a lot to Max. As a Year 11 rower it was great he could step up to that level and maintain that intensity."

Storey claimed another gold yesterday in the open boys coxed four, with Ben Ramsey, Spencer Hansen, Rigardt Kruger and cox Sam Gray. After a bad start when the wind blew them crooked and an oar caught a buoy, the young Year 10 Gray coxed them superbly home to win.

"We had a dodgy start and were last," Gray said.

"I told them to forget about that and row on."

Meanwhile, The Cathederal College (TCC) recorded its first podium finish at a state schools rowing regatta, when Dylan Dunne won silver in the under 14 boys single scull.

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