Australian National Champions

Over the course of last week, Clarendon’s Year 10 Division 1 and Open Division 1 rowing crews travelled to compete in the Australian National Championships at Nagambie. Their achievements were not only outstanding, but history-making, resulting in well-deserved recognition of their hard work and dedication throughout the 2021/2022 rowing season.

On Friday morning, current students Lucy Richardson (Y11), Ellie McClure (Y12), Baeley Tucker (Y12), Ruby Lovel (Y12) and Katie Jackson (Y11) won the Under 19 Womens Coxed Four race. On Sunday, they were also crowned Schoolgirls Coxed Four National Champions. Their achievements follow an outstanding season, having also won the Head of the Lake and Head of Schoolgirls with coaching from Old Collegian, Nicki Plucinski (2003).

The Year 10 crews competed in eight races over five days, a feat larger than any they’ve tackled this season. Well done to the Year 10 Boys crew, who placed 6th in the Nation for the Under 17s race, as well as the Year 10 Girls crew, who placed 14th in the Schoolgirls Coxed Four race.

Congratulations to the Open Division 1 Boys crew, who placed 6th in the A Final of the Schoolboys Coxed Four race.

The Australian National Championships provides students an opportunity to expand their competitive experience against schools across Australia. More than ever before, the students were required to push themselves outside of their comfort zones and work together as a team to see them past the finish line.

To be recognised among some of the country’s best athletes is an extraordinary achievement and one that those involved in the rowing program, as well as the Clarendon community, should be extremely proud of. Thank you to our dedicated students, coaches, volunteer staff and families who have gone above and beyond this season to ensure it was a special one. Well done to all!