The MLC rowing community is thrilled that three students have been selected in the Australian Junior Women’s Eight and caps off a tremendous 2016-17 season.
Pheobe Georgakas, Sophie Balson and Ruby Gioulekas will train over the next few months in preparation for the Junior World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania in August.
In March, MLC rowers were out in force at this year’s Head of Schoolgirls (HOSG), dubbed the premier rowing regatta for school-aged girls in Victoria. More than 45 secondary schools competed, with over 10,000 spectators enjoying the events.
Held on the Barwon River in Geelong over three days, MLC has a long history of HOSG success – and this year’s crews were no exception!
With 162 students competing in 30 MLC crews, the College had a loud and proud presence on the river banks with a large contingent of student spectators and families on hand to support the crews and make sure everyone was well fed and watered on the day.
Of the 30 MLC crews, amongst the largest representation of any school, every crew finished in the top eight, with 20 crews finished in the top 4 places. A total of 10 titles were won, including the prestigious First VIII event, meaning that MLC were the overall champions.
The team of coaching staff, many of whom are Old Collegians, have built and continue to reinforce an impressive, supportive culture amongst the rowers, where long-lasting friendships are formed.
Ms Vernon even received a very positive email from a fellow school principal, commending the MLC students on their support of fellow crews, regardless of placing, and their obvious camaraderie.
Six crews then travelled to the National Championships, the AON Sydney International Rowing Regatta, held in Penrith between Monday, 27 March – Sunday, 2 April. MLC crews once again proved to be very competitive amongst the country’s best, with five of the crews rowing in a final.
The First VIII crew, fresh from their Head of Schoolgirl win, came a very respectable 4th and the top-placed Victorian crew in their A-grade Schoolgirls Eights final in a fiercely contested battle, cementing their status as one of the top Eights crews in the country.
Congratulations to all of the MLC rowers and families for their achievements, personal bests, camaraderie and support during another terrific season! We look forward to hearing about the Junior World Championships later in the year.