After last year’s temperatures exceeding 40º every day, this year’s moderate heat in the 30s was pleasant and conducive to good racing. As the NSW Championships is a selection regatta for Australian representation, the regatta was more like a national championships than a state regatta with crews in attendance from all over the country.
Endeavour Rowing Club’s racing squad consisted of 3 rowers, each of whom impressed with personal bests.
First up was Jack Davey with 3rd in his heat and 7th in the final of Mens Under 19 Single Sculls.
Bec Davey raced her first ever 2000m course in her heat of Womens Under 17 Single Sculls, earning a place in the semi-finals although she did not progress to the final.
Jack and Robert Weatherall had two races together in the double scull, a class of boat in which they have regularly won state medals: 3 silvers in state sprints and 2 silvers in state championships.
The Mens Under19 Double Sculls shaped up as an interstate event with crews from Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and the ACT as well as NSW. Jack and Robert progressed to the final without extending themselves, coming third in their heat. In the final they did extend themselves, starting fast and pushing out to lead over the first 500m. They answered every challenge thrown at them down the course, keeping the pressure on and the rhythm flowing. With 500m to go, holding a one length lead, they knew they could win even though their strength was fading. Adrenaline drove them home to win by a length in 6 minutes 52.00 seconds, from Griffith University/Surfers Paradise (a composite Queensland crew) in second place and Sydney Rowing Club third.
After winning gold for Endeavour in MU19 2x, the boys backed up in the Schoolboy Double Sculls wearing the colours of Maitland Grossmann High School. Following a relaxed fourth in their heat, they lined up against a Newington crew stroked by Harry Crouch back from representing Australia at last year’s World Junior Championships. Newington won the final with Newcastle Grammar second and Maitland Grossmann third, well clear of the rest of the field.
Jack Davey and Robert Weatherall finished the State Championship regatta with a gold and a bronze medal and the determination to carry that success to the CHS Championship regatta in a week’s time and to the Australian Championships three weeks after that.
19 February 2018