Senior Rowers Continue Their Charge

Our Senior rowers competed with pride at the Firbank Regatta this past Saturday.

Senior rowers put together strong racing performances with clear objectives for the last month leading into Head of the Schoolgirls.

A special mention goes to the girls of the Senior Four The Tallent. They raced their first regatta of the season and it is great to see them so competitive in their Heat.

It was a great learning experience for the girls and they will take a lot into their racing on the Yarra at the Henley Regatta and then on to Head of the Schoolgirls.

The Tallent

Cox: Heidi Tokatlidis

Stroke: Alice Richards

3: Téa-Rose Passon

2: Alexandra Hall

Bow: Lily Trosdal Ryan

Senior Crew Heat Result Final Result
St Catherine’s 120 1st 1st in A Final
Geraldine Ilott 1st 2nd in A Final
Tallent 3rd NA
Mr David Fraumano
Head Rowing Coach
Firbank Regatta Report

On Saturday, the St Catherine’s School Rowing squad raced at the Firbank Regatta on the Barwon River. The Regatta is the second largest on the Victorian schoolgirl regatta calendar, and is the only regatta apart from Head of the School Girls that allows Junior, Intermediate and Senior squads to race at the same venue.

The Firbank Regatta was a fantastic opportunity for our Junior and Intermediate squads to observe our Senior squad in action and attempt to apply the ideals of pride, professionalism and performance demonstrated by our Senior girls to their own rowing.

St Catherine’s School Rowing emphasises the importance of ‘personal best performance’ over ‘winning’. Our girls are encouraged to focus on what they are able to control; their effort, concentration and performance as opposed to that of the competition.

This was clearly demonstrated by both our Junior and Intermediate squads on Saturday, with all crews recording a solid on water effort. It was encouraging to see all crews improve on their performance from the Morongo Regatta two weeks ago.

Our Junior squad lay the foundation for a very successful day, racing in their second regatta of the season. Having cleared the first regatta nerves two weeks ago, our girls were prepared for the morning ahead. All our crews are very competitive in their divisions and there were some excellent races to entertain our vocal parent group. In particular, congratulations to the nine Williams Crew of Lucy Keilar, Grace Brown, India Williams, Holly McGlaughlin and Olivia Nash who won the A final of their division. Thank you to Lucy Keilar and Holly McGlaughlin who raced with another crew in addition to their own to allow all our crews to race on Saturday.

Our Intermediate squad capped off a very productive day, with all crews adapting to very fast tail wind conditions to display some fantastic technical rowing. In addition, the professionalism and on water focus displayed by our Intermediate squad is to be commended and sets a fine example for the next generation of St Catherine’s School rowers.

With Head of the School Girls just under a month away, all our crews are well placed to be very competitive. As we approach the pointy end of the season, our girls will be encouraged to remember the basics: pride, professionalism and performance. By sticking to these fundamentals, and making the most of every training opportunity, we are confident all our St Catherine’s School rowers and coxswains will be able to record their best possible performance at the Head of the School Girls.

Miss Katelyn Johnson
Rowing Coach