Months of early morning training leads up to the pinnacle rowing event of the season, the Head of the Schoolgirls' Regatta in Geelong, where thousands of spectators line the banks of the Barwon River.
MLC always has a huge presence, this year with 126 students in Years 9-12 competing, making up a huge 22 crews.
Overall, MLC won 7 events, including the premier event, the 1st VIII. Our students also came second in 6 events and third in 2 events - congratulations to all!
Many thanks also go to to our wonderful coaches, parents of the Silver Star Rowing Club, and supporters who came to watch over the weekend. There were certainly tremendous cheers for our girls!
Our Principal Diana Vernon also wrote a little of MLC's part in the Regatta in her recent newsletter:
"As our rowers prepare for the Head of the Schoolgirls Rowing Regatta, it is perhaps relevant to reflect on its origins. One of the events, which I understand precipitated the commencement of this regatta, was the refusal of the APS (Australian Public Schools) to allow non-APS schools to compete in their Head of the River Rowing regatta in 1985. The reasons for this decision are known only to those school representatives who voted for this decision.
However, the fact that MLC won the Head of the River for girls in 1984, thus being the only non-APS school ever to win an APS Head of the River race, may have been a relevant factor!
Of course, the decision having been taken that MLC could no longer compete in the APS regatta, MLC’s head of rowing at the time, Susie Palfreyman, had to think of opportunities for the MLC squad. Never one to be thwarted, Susie took the decision to found the Head of the Schoolgirls’ Regatta in 1985. No mean feat and the event has now grown to be the largest single sex schools’ rowing regatta in the Southern Hemisphere."
The Blacks, our first VIII crew, celebrate their win!
Watch our Blacks win the First VIII: