Sisterhood is proving oarsome for Emu Park rowing crew
KNOWING her soul sisters are by her side is all Kim Friederichs needs when she feels like she can't row another stroke.
Emu Park surf rower Friederichs and her crew are set to tackle the best young crews Australia has to offer this weekend at the Navy Youth Stampede in Robe, South Australia.
With a crew of her "sisters" Emily Hulme, Amy Slatter and Melissa Webber and team sweep and coach Brendan Bell, Friederichs said anything was possible.
"I'm so excited. For the past three years we have been on and off with a crew but now we have a definite crew and we're like family," she said.
"We have a good bond, aside from rowing we go running and train at the gym and go to social events so we pretty much see each other every day."
Friederichs said while the competition would be tough, the voices of her teammates would be all she needed to stay motivated in the boat.
"We're going to have a lot of nerves down there but with the training camp before we will get to see what it is like," she said.
"We push each other to keep going with motivation in the boat. We talk to each other. A lot of talking is good."
Team commander, Bell, said the girls had come a long way since they started the team four months ago.
"We have two new rowers and two that have come up through the nippers and got into surfboat rowing from there and they're rowing really well together," he said.
"No one from CQ has gone to this competition before and we were invited to go down after going to Mackay for the North Australian championships in October.
"The president of the surf rower's league approached the girls and offered them some subsidy to get on board and get down there.
"I just want the girls to have fun and if they give 100% in the boat they'll look after themselves and let the rest take care of itself."
The Emu Park team begins their Navy Youth Stampede campaign in Rove on Saturday as part of the Navy Australia Surf Rowers League series.