History Making

Our Rowing crews celebrated great success at the Australian National Rowing Championships showing great composure and dignity

This past week, St Catherine’s School celebrated two historical accomplishments at the Australian National Rowing Championships held in Penrith, NSW. Most fitting for our 120th year.

In the first ever National Sprint Championships held over 500ms, our Boynton Crew recorded the first ever national medal to be awarded to a St Catherine’s School Second VIII+. This broke the drought since 2009, for St Catherine’s School crew’s medalling at the Australian National Rowing Championships.


Congratulations to all crew members of The Boynton:
Coach by Sarah Banting and Ben Burger
Cox: Georgia Bickford
Rowers: Bridget Lieberman, Danae Barbayannis, Eliza O’Donnell, India Watson, Georgina Cheale, Georgia Deacon, Sarah Fenton and Julia Rossi.

And for the first time in history, St Catherine’s School are the National Champions of the Schoolgirl Coxed VIII+ of Australia, winning the trophy named the Sydney Cup. This win has been a great triumph for this diligent and very composed crew. Throughout the week, the crew rowing in The Geraldine Illott had their best efforts on display. The girls prepared themselves confidently and were ready to race mentally, physically, technically and tactically.

Their superb race start enabled an early lead which they held for the full two kilometre race. It was a thrilling victory watched by many in the grandstand at Penrith as well as on a livestream broadcast to members of our community back in Melbourne.

Thank you to our parents, who have been an amazing support for the girls, Year 11 Dean, Miss Jeanette Gunn, Year 12 Dean, Mrs Gina Peele and all teachers for their academic care of the girls during this busy training schedule.

Congratulations to all the crew members of the Geraldine Ilott:


Coached by Will Bernard and John Saunders
Cox: Adelaide Cester
Rowers: Annie Anezakis, Georgie Gleeson, Sasha Christian, Elsa Robertson, Gretel Newton-Brown, Lulu Gibson, Alexandra Stopp and Frances Curtis.



Mrs Michelle Carroll


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