Lawson has state titles in sight after shoulder injury
WATCHING his mates row down the Fitzroy River was more painful for Lawson Storey than dislocating his shoulder.
Every morning for three weeks, Rockhampton Grammar School student Storey would wake at 5 o'clock and head to rowing training.
But while his teammates jumped into their boats, Storey jumped onto a bike in the gym and watched on with disappointment.
Storey, who dislocated his shoulder from his sternum in a rugby union game, was ruled out of the sport he loved most for three weeks.
But through pure determination and patience, the teenager was back in the boat sooner than expected and is heading to the Queensland Club Rowing Championships.
Back training on the river, Storey said he was over the moon to be back in the boat and could not wait to tackle the state titles.
"The shoulder injury was a real blow," Storey said.
"As soon as I did it, I knew it wasn't going to be easy to come back but sticking to it I found I got back pretty quick.
"To get up at 5am knowing that my mates were going to row and I wasn't was not an easy thing.
"I'm very happy to be back in the boat and am really looking forward to the state titles."
With the Queensland titles a week away, the teenager said he was hoping to be in top form for the double and quad events.
"We went really well last time but I reckon we can make it even better this time," he said.
"I want to do well in the double and quad events and see what we can do there.
"I want to get back to full strength for the national championships in Sydney in a couple of months."
RGS gathered the school's top rowers to compete at the state event with 26 students gaining selection.
RGS head of rowing John Smyth said during term four, the school's top rowers combined to form male and female development squads.
"This allowed our youngest rowers to row and train with our most experienced rowers,'' Smyth said.
"Building club culture was another aim as often the rowers get used to practising with their age group and gender.
"We want to make sure the rowers feel they are part of a bigger team environment."
Smyth said the rowers were selected for the Queensland championships on the basis that they could earn an invite to a nationals camp in January in the lead-up to the national championships in March.
Storey and his teammates will contest the state club rowing championships at Bucca Weir, Bundaberg, from December 7-8.