Rowing Nationals Report

As the curtains draw on yet another thrilling chapter in the realm of competitive rowing, we find ourselves reflecting on the triumphs, challenges, and remarkable achievements witnessed throughout our journey to the Australian Open Schools Championships. Over the course of five months, a select group of our senior ASPIRE athletes underwent a rigorous training regime through our high-performance pathway in preparation for this event. 

From the 18th – 24th of March, our squad members gained experience racing as elite athletes at Sydney’s International Regatta Centre. This was also the first time our ASPIRE rowing program has represented Varsity College at a national level. Across 7 days of elite competition, our ASPIRE athletes had some exhilarating races and awe-inspiring displays of athleticism; showcasing the power of dedication, teamwork, and sheer determination. The culmination of Varsity’s national rowing campaign brought forth a myriad of exceptional performances, with athletes pushing the boundaries of their capabilities and redefining the meaning of excellence. 

Single Scull:

Kaidan Hatchett achieved within the top 16 in Australia.

Double Scull

Ryan Hitschler & Joshua Pickering-Pentland achieved within the top 12 in Australia.

William Crelley & Charles Hill achieved within the top 13 in Australia.

This ranks our program within the top 2 in Queensland for this event.

Quad Scull Sprint:

Kaidan Hatchett, Charles Hill, William Crelley & Joshua Pickering-Pentland 

(coxswain: Grace Pickering-Pentland) achieving within the top 20 in Australia.

As we bask in the glow of our athletes’ achievements at the Australian Open Schools Championships, let us not only celebrate their successes but also acknowledge the collective effort and support that have made it possible. Behind every successful athlete stands a pillar of support, and the dedication, sacrifices, and unwavering encouragement of parents have played a pivotal role in shaping the journeys of our Varsity rowing champions. 

As our national rowing campaign draws to a close, let us celebrate the remarkable achievements of our athletes and the unwavering support of their parents. Together, they have exemplified the true spirit of sportsmanship, determination, and excellence, leaving an indelible legacy.

Together, we have witnessed the triumph of hard work, dedication, and perseverance, and we look forward to continuing this journey of excellence.

May your accomplishments be celebrated far and wide, and may your journeys continue to inspire and uplift us all.