THERE has been a lot of activity at the New Norfolk Rowing Club over recent weeks. Rowers have enjoyed using their new site on the Esplanade and safer access to the river in the training leading up to the 2020-21 season.
“It’s great that we no longer have to dodge trucks and cars when carrying our boats down to the water, the only thing we have to dodge now are the duck poos!” rower Jess Stephens said. “The new location feels much more immersed in the community. It’s great to see people interested in what we are doing as they walk past along the esplanade,” she said.
New Norfolk club rowers coached by Kelly Graham were rewarded for their hard work when crews participated in the Kirby Cup on October 3 – a 7km handicapped race starting and ending at New Town Bay. Three New Norfolk Rowing Club boats were entered: a pair (Molly McCausland and Jess Stephens), a double (Thomas Morgan and Aiden Midson), and a quad (Chanel Forster, Charlotte Geappen, Ella Triffett, and Evie Lisson).
Conditions were touch-and-go leading up to the race, with strong winds on the Friday beforehand threatening cancellation. Luckily for the crews, the wind died down enough on Saturday morning for the race to go ahead. Conditions were still a little tricky, with a strong breeze coming from all angles throughout the course, but the New Norfolk crews were still able to push through and come away with some silverware.
The crew of Molly McCausland and Jess Stephens won line honours in the pair, and the crew of Thomas Morgan and Aiden Midson won fastest time in the double. The quad came fourth.
Coach Kelly Graham was extremely happy about how all crews performed on the day, especially considering the race might not have been going to happen. He is looking forward to the upcoming rowing regattas. The next is being held at Franklin on October 24-25.