RGS rowers ready for nationals
ROCKHAMPTON Grammar School rowers are primed to challenge national rivals at the Australian Rowing Championships in Sydney next week.
Injury and Cyclone Marcia put a halt on the crew's preparations heading into the titles, which start Monday.
For Year 12 students Lucy Blair, Imogen Storey and Georgia Saunders the event will be their last shot at RGS national's glory.
"We've done everything we can to be fit, strong and as ready as possible for nationals," cox Georgia Henderson said.
"Throughout our months of preparation we had a fair share of blood, sweat and tears and there has been plenty of emotion brought out, we've all hit our low points, but with the support of the other crew members and coach we've pushed through and broken our boundaries.
Storey was determined to overcome a leg injury that sidelined her for five days of training.
"We have a strong chance of doing well this year, especially with our determination and dedication to the crew," Imogen said.
Blair felt the crew was stronger than ever and ready for a great week. "It seems that our nationals training is bound to be disrupted, but Mr Smyth (RGS Rowing Head Coach) will always find a way to get the work in," she said.
"I would be happy with a finals finish in most of my events and the medals are anyone's for the taking."
Julia Becker, Bonnie Maynard, Sarah Mackenzie, Annalee Godwin and cox Lara Doyle hope to make their mark for RGS in quad, after medalling at last year's Queensland School Championships.