THE New England high country was represented at the Grafton Rowing Club’s annual regatta on 5-6 December, with crews from The Armidale School and Armidale Rowing Club taking to the water of the mighty Clarence River. For the TAS crews, events in both Saturday’s inter-schools’ Head of the Clarence Regatta and Sunday’s Grafton Rowing Club Regatta were used to trial rowers as combinations of both ‘pairs’ and ‘fours’, as well as giving those who are new to the sport their first experience in a race format. “For our crews, it was the perfect opportunity for the boys to develop teamwork, technique and tenacity, in their first outing of the season,” Master in Charge Rowing Will Caldwell said. “Most of the boys have only been rowing together for a few weeks training at Malpas Dam, so an event like this is just as important for them to learn about marshalling, race protocols and sticking to a lane than it is about coming home with any medals,” he said. The regattas encompassed a five day training camp based at big River Holiday Park and Ski Lodge at Seelands, about 10km upstream from Grafton. A resurgence of interest in the Armidale Rowing Club was reflected in a number of medals at the Grafton regatta. The TAS crews will have a second holiday rowing camp at the Manning River in the lead up to the Taree Summer Regatta on 16-17 January.
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