By Peter Bond
Head of the Yarra 24/11/2018
After winning at last year’s Head of the Yarra, Al Atkins went back to have another go and did it again. Al rowed with the Ancient Mariners in Mens Masters I-K Eight, covering the 8.6 km course in 38 minutes and 0.97 of a second. The crew recorded both the fastest time and the fastest adjusted time in their category to bring home the gold medal.
Well done Al! – What about three in a row next year?
Newcastle Grammar Regatta 25/11/2018
Newcastle Grammar School chose a change of date for their regatta this year to co-ordinate with the school’s centenary celebrations. Newcastle Boys Grammar School was established in 1859 with the present school being “officially established” as Girls Grammar School of England in 1918. The school became co-educational in 1978. Rowing started as a single session per week during time-tabled sport in 1994.
Endeavour had 13 starts for 2 wins, 3 seconds and 4 thirds. Our only rower to take home a medal was Sean Donza with wins in MC1x and in the Mixed Quad composite with Lake Macquarie.
After the regatta, Endeavour members gathered in the club house to farewell Luke Budworth. Luke and wife Lianne are moving to Lake Cargelligo in the centre of NSW where Lianne has been posted by the ambulance service. Luke will continue selling tyres as an agent for Tyres4U. He has plans to row on the lake in his recently purchased single scull. Are there any plans for Lake Cargellico Rowing Club and an annual regatta Luke?
CHS Blues Winner – Maitland Grossmann HS Team of the Year
On Friday 30th November the 2018 Combined High Schools (CHS) Blues Presentation was conducted at the Olympic stadium with the awards being presented by Jessica Fox, a silver and bronze medalist at the Olympic Games. Endeavour Rowing Club oarsman Robert Weatherall representing Maitland Grossmann High School was awarded a blue for the sport of rowing. Robert won gold at each of the five CHS championships he attended with wins in: MU15 1x, MU16 2x, MU17 2x, ChM 2x (twice) and ChM Qx+ (three times).
In 2016 and 2017, success in Champion Mens Quad at the CHS Championships had resulted in the crew earning consecutive awards as the Maitland Grossmann High School team of the year.
After losing two Year 12 crew members following the 2017 win, Robert recruited new rowers from the school and was instrumental in their training. His efforts were rewarded when the crew of Mitchell Scales, Cameron McConville, Jack Davey, Robert Weatherall and coxn Michael Eveleigh won the school’s third CHS title to be Maitland Grossmann’s team of the year for the third year in a row.