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Australian Masters Championship 2018

The Australian Masters Championships which end the season were this year held in the beautiful albeit somewhat cold and windy state of Tasmania. A small contingent of Richmond rowers made the trip across Bass Strait to take on the best masters rowers from around the country at Lake Barrington from the 10th-13th May.

The first morning brought with it plenty of rain but going forward the sun would shine and we would be treated to a stunning location and a memorable few days to experience the great spirit and competitive nature of a national masters championship. Thanks to Barry, our Tasmanian captain, pulling in a few favours we were able to borrow boats from some local clubs and RRC was represented in more than 20 different events.

There was coxing success for Dennis Henry on Day 1 picking up a gold with the Mixed Masters E4+ and Ray Dennis started his medal haul with a win in the Mens Masters I4-. Over the four day event Ray Dennis would go on to collect a total of 7 gold medals in a variety of eights, fours, pairs and one little double. With his highlight being a grudge match in the J-L pair (average age of crew >80) in which he and Derrick Wilson from Banks came out of victorious.

The Women’s Masters A four and quad were desperately disappointed to have lost their resident Tasmanian Zoe Maxwell from the crew a few weeks out from the championships to pneumonia but were delighted to welcome Sarah Houghton into the crew and with the experience of masters states and a couple of weeks of training behind them there was no stopping them! Victory in the heat helped grow confidence and an awesome race leading from start to finish in the final rewarded Michelle Joy, Karen Doggett, Kate Dyball and Sarah Houghton with a gold medal and the extra bonus of the fastest club crew with the majority of our competitors being made up of composite crews formed from members across multiple clubs. Despite headwinds that threatened to prevent anyone rowing down the course on Saturday they backed up the quad win with a victory in the coxed four as well again picking up the club crew medal joined by cox Christine Sullivan.

Christine continued the Richmond medal success combining with Leigh Sullivan, Lindsey Brown and Michael Heaton-Harris (Corio Bay) to pick up a bronze medal in the Mixed Masters C Quad. Further doubles, fours and eights would compete across the weekend in some great races many of which making finals but unfortunately missing out on more medals.

With just 9 RRC rowers taking part we punched well above our weight scoring 68 points in the club championship placing us 24th out of 88 clubs for the whole competition, but even putting the rowing aside the food and the wine on offer in Tasmania made the trip a huge success. Thanks to everyone who helped out by organising entries and boats, coxing and coaching through training sessions and generally being an awesome support crew through the power of social media. The RRC Masters Tigers had a great end to the season.

Karen Doggett

National Masters

This year the national masters championships will be held in our own state of Victoria at Nagambie Lakes.

It would be great to see a strong RRC contingent competing in this event, so if you are 27yrs or above consider entering this event.

Australian Masters Championships – last regatta of the season

This is officially the blog article that took the longest to write… And I will justify myself by hiding behind the cliché that French people are always late.

A few of us (namely Geraldine, Michelle, Stef, Karen, Karissa, Ross, Christine, Morgan and the legendary Raymond Dennis) had the chance to go to the Sunshine Coast (and I really insist on the word “sunshine”) at the beginning of June to participate in the 2016 Australian Masters Rowing Championships. What an epic weekend with Richmond taking part in not less than 28 events and bringing home a total of 11 medals. This is without mentioning the three days of non-stop thunderstorms that added a very special flavour to the whole thing (and a lot of water too) and prevented us from competing in more races since two and a half days of the regatta were cancelled due to the weather conditions (again, let’s remind ourselves that we were on the so called Sunshine coast).

One of the highlights for Richmond: the opportunity to admire Michelle’s strength and determination in getting the gold medal in the B single. A video can testify that “Go Micheeeeeeeeelle!!!” were the two words the most frequently pronounced (or should I say shouted) during the weekend.

Gold to Michelle Joy in Womens Masters B 1X
Gold to Michelle Joy in womens Masters B 1X

Gerry represented the colours of Richmond very highly as usual, bringing back several medals, including a gold medal in a composite F double. She also represented Victoria in the interstate race for the womens D quad which finished up taking the silver medal.

Gold to Geraldine Goss in the womens masters F2X
Gold to Geraldine Goss in the womens masters F2X

Ray the legend won a gold medal as well in the I eight and a few other medals but an unfortunate injury prevented him from bringing more back home.

Ray Dennis gold in the mens I8+
Ray Dennis gold in the mens I8+

While they came fourth, the A quad with Michelle, Karen, Stef and Lisa got a consolation prize with the Fastest club crew medal.

Overall, a great week-end and for me personally huge pride to have been able to take part in the national championships!

To Richmond Rowing Club and the next season starting, Hip hip hooray!!

Lisa Ortu