St Luke’s Rowing - Five Wins in Five Years!
Five-time champion St Luke’s Rowing Squad is a team that owns determination and resilience. While all rowers acquitted themselves with their best effort, outstanding sportsmanship, humility in victory, and congratulations in defeat, 2017’s Head of the River Regatta (HOR) victory is particularly sweet for our senior rowers who were among the original crew in St Luke’s maiden title five years ago.
St Luke’s formula for success was founded on the enormous commitment from the coaches and volunteers, while Mr Ian Grotherr, Mr John Pressler, and Mr Peter Robinson were integral to making St Luke’s the top rowing school in the region. Teachers, coaches, and families who have been associated with any of the rowing competitors should certainly feel proud of how they represented St Luke’s.
Our ingrained culture of always competing to the best of your ability was exemplified in the performance of our Rowing Captains Sabina Murchie, Elizabeth Newell, and Katherine Stevens. All three girls were part of the Open Girls Rowing squad who, along with Nicola Baldry, collected a clean sweep of all open races. This included the prestigious trophy events - West Family Trophy (Open Girls Eight), Arley Emerick Shield (Champion Girls Four), Don and Vivien Halls Trophy (Girls Quad Scull) and the Frank Axam Memorial Trophy (Open Girls Single Scull).
Elizabeth and Sabina represented St Luke’s at the Australian Open Schools Championships for the past two years and were clear standouts in the regatta. Their skills and fitness shone as they comfortably won their Open Double Scull race; their only competition in the Open Single Scull was each other, with Elizabeth narrowly edging out Sabina in an exciting finish.
Other memorable races included the Open Boys Eight. They were the ones who chanted like Vikings as they expertly glided into first place, winning the Nev Cullen Bucket Trophy. The Year 7 Girls Double, Arianna Walters and Isabella Gill only just swept past Shalom in the most exciting come-from-behind finish of the day.
All St Luke’s Anglican School Rowers should feel extremely proud of their achievements, sportsmanship and team unity. We wish all the best to our rowers who will compete in the Championship Schools Regatta Series.
St Luke’s Anglican School thanks the officials and volunteers of the Bundaberg Rowing Club and School Rowing Coordinators for their commitment to running safe, well-organised regattas that foster healthy competition and fair play. Thank you, Mr Michael Parsons, for your great work as St Luke's Rowing Coordinator these past three years.