The lead up to this year’s Head of the Lake regatta has allowed the unique culture and atmosphere of the Ballarat Clarendon College rowing community to flourish.
From the beginning of July rowers have been working hard and mingling during gym and ergo sessions. After the numerous tests and fitness challenges rowers were able to get back on the water and fervently prepare for the season ahead of them.
Rowing camps held during both December and January gave rowers a chance to experience the best of what rowing has to offer: the dedication, the camaraderie, the suspense, the excitement and the fun. These camps, held on both Lake Wendouree and Nagambie Lakes, involved crews in a critical selection process, technique sessions and race pieces whilst also providing crews with a chance to gain the confidence and the necessary crew spirit for the remainder of the season to follow. This year the members of our squad were given the opportunity to perfect technique whilst rowing in pairs along with the usual combination of fours.
The 2014 Rowing squad has displayed a fantastic work ethic and commitment which, when continued, will further guarantee a bright future for the rowing program. The lead up for rowers, coaches and parents has been both hectic and tiring with several regattas being held in the preceding weeks. These regattas have given the 26 crews an opportunity to gain experience racing and prepare their crews for this Friday’s 102nd Head of the Lake. The atmosphere throughout the school has been filled with excitement and pure eagerness. This has included the donning of the College capes, traditional “Ringas” and other such chants echoed throughout the school.
So finally, good luck to all crews and coaches for this Friday and let the customary Ballarat Clarendon College spirit reign.
From Maddie Ross and Liam Fitzpatrick