Girton Paddlers Take on Victoria’s Best

in Senior School News

Students from Girton Grammar School took part in the annual Victorian Schools Canoe Championships held Sunday 18th March 2018 at Lake Nagambie.

Mr Matthew Maruff, said that nine students aged 13 – 16 competed in marathon and sprint events, in single and double kayaks at the largest inter school competition of its kind, with some excellent results.

Marathon Singles:

Baelea Collins (10A), First in U/18 Female TK1
Sam Wardrop (8A), First in U/14 Male TK1
Liam Jacobsen (11Jo), First in U/18 Male TK1
Will Everist (11A), First in U/18 Male Sea Kayak
Conrad Livingstone (11F), Second in U/18 Male Sea Kayak
Satya Jhaveri (11Je), Third in U/18 Male Sea Kayak
James Humphry (11M), Second in U/18 Male K1
Charlie Wardrop (11A), Sixth in U/18 Male K1
Imogen Douglass (11Je), Eighth in U/18 Female K1

Marathon Doubles:

Baelea Collins (10A) and Liam Jacobsen (11Jo), First in U/18 TK2 Mixed
Imogen Douglass (11Je) and Partner, First in U/18 K2 Female
James Humphry (11M) and Will Everist (11A), Fourth in U/18 Male TK2
Charlie Wardrop (11A) and Satya Jhaveri (11Je), Seventh in U/18 Male TK2
Conrad Livingstone (11F) and Liam Jacobson (11Jo), Eighth in U/18 Male TK2

“Girton Grammar has been running a kayak club as part of its co-curricular programme for about a year.

“The students range in age and experience in the sport and train every Tuesday night at Lake Weeroona or Crusoe Reservoir.

“We are fortunate to have two National Champions on the team who have taken on instructor roles for the other students, sharing their wealth of experience and skill.

“Imogen Douglass and James Humphry travelled to the kayaking World Championships in Austria last year so they have plenty of advice for the less experienced paddlers in the team.

The experienced paddlers are paired up with the newer members of the club to ensure continual improvement in this physically demanding sport,” Mr Maruff said.

The Girton Kayaking Team is affiliated with the Bendigo Canoe Club, which has generously supported the students through provision of boats, advice, coaching and a range of general support that allows the students to train each week and now, to compete. The Victorian Schools Canoe Championships is the first formal competition in which the team competed.

“Kayaking is one of more than seventy co-curricular activities on offer at Girton Grammar and a fantastic sport for teamwork, physical fitness and discipline.

“My thanks goes to the dedicated parents of the students in this activity and to the Bendigo Canoe Club for their generous support,” said Mr Maruff.