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Last updated 4:10 PM on 8 March 2018

A Road Steeped in History, Pointing to a Future Filled with Hope!

Maclean High School is the second most successful school in CHS rowing history with 154 wins including 2 Boys Point Scores, 7 Girls Point Scores ad 11 Champion School titles.

Over the course of the past decade Maclean High has been in the process of steadily building, retaining the Girls Point Score trophy from 2005 to 2011. Maclean High were second behind Sydney Boys High in the Boys Point Score for five of the six regattas conducted in that time. Of the 180 events run during this period, Maclean High won 52, well ahead of the next most successful school Sydney Boys High on 39. These results earned Maclean High five titles of Champion School in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Maclean High could well have added to these successes but were denied the opportunity due to flooding on the Clarence River in 2009 and the Nepean River in 2012 which resulted in the cancellation of both championship regattas.

Maclean High School has seen numerous CHS rowers progress to representing Australia at World Championships and the Olympic Games.

The journey to the 2018 CHS Championships held at Sydney International Regatta Centre on Monday 26th February, began for the majority of rowers, with selecting rowing for School Sport of a Wednesday. Having learnt to row at MHS our young athletes train on the water, three to four mornings and/or afternoons a week, as members of Lower Clarence Rowing Club (and more recently Iluka Rowing Club). Many also complete off water training including ergometer, cycle, track and gym sessions. Additionally a number of athletes selected as part of the North Coast Academy of Sport training and development program for rowing, have attended training and development camps across the season.

The team of 14 athletes that represented MHS this year started preparing for the CHS Championships six months ago with the commencement of the 2017-18 rowing season late July 2017. For a number of our athletes this was their first season of rowing.

The athletes have competed in numerous Northern Rivers Rowing Association Regattas. A number of the athletes also travelled to Sydney for the Open NSW Rowing Championships just one week prior to the CHS Championships.

The majority of the Team travelled by bus and stayed together at Penrith with Coaches and a number of parents. For many of the Team this was their first time competing at Sydney International Regatta Centre (which was purpose built for the 2000 Olympic Games). It was also the first time travelling to the city of Sydney for one of the Team.

Having departed Maclean by 5:30 am Saturday 24th February, the bus ride to Sydney passed quickly for a team fuelled with hope and an insatiable hunger to succeed. Conversation, card games and "Mafia" consumed the hours on the road.

Arriving in Sydney Saturday afternoon, we drove straight to SIRC in the hopes of catching the end of the regatta day. It also allowed one the opportunity to demystify the venue and explain event and race protocol.

Sunday morning the Team travelled to Sydney Boys High to attend the CHS Luncheon. The guest speaker for the Luncheon was Leah Saunders, Maclean High Graduate, former CHS rower, Australian Representative and current athlete training at the Hancock Prospecting Women's National Rowing Training Centre. Leah's speech both challenged and inspired all present. Her success to date is matched by her humility.

Monday morning the Team was up bright and early in order to arrive at SIRC by 6:30 am to unload the boat trailer, rig boats and generally prepare for competition, which was to commence with the first event of the day, the Men's Championship Single Scull. All of this was achieved in adverse weather conditions.

The weather didn't abait as crew after crew stormed down the boyed course to finish strongly in each event contested. Maclean High's determination and sportsmanship was noted throughout the course of the day by a number of people in the wider Rowing NSW and Rowing Australia coaching community.

At the close of racing, Maclean High had amassed 7 crew medals (including Gold, Silver and Bronze) and an impressive point score to achieve 3rd place in the NSW Team Point Score. An incredible achievement for a team of only 14 athletes.

The Team arrived back in Maclean Tuesday afternoon elated.

Thank you to the volunteer community Coaches; parents, carers and family in general; local businesses and the wider community for encouraging and supporting the MHS Rowing Team to realise their potential, champion their High School and revel in their love of the sport. The future if looking bright!

The 2018 MHS CHS Rowing Team with Mr Scott Dinham (Deputy Principal) and Miss Candice Jagoe (MHS Rowing Coordinator).

CHS 2018 Rowing Team

Back row: L to R, Mr Scott Dinham, Katherine Behn, Ethan Davis, Kirilly Maxwell, Lachlan Maxwell, Duncan Fischer, Andre Kendall and Miss Candice Jagoe.

Front row: L to R, Clara Samms, Stephanie Hutton, Ashley Luland, Emma Inmon and Jacqueline Samms


Article by Miss Candice Jagoe

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