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Capricornus Quarterly : CQ Oct 2018
Grace Sypher (Year 11) and Jack Koerner (Year 9) reflect on their experiences with the Australian Rowing team. What did you learn from the visit? Grace: I loved seeing first hand the amount of training they endure each day as well as the massive team spirit they all have. They were all like one big family. I just really enjoyed being around the team as they created an awesome environment. It cemented in my head what I would like to achieve as a rower. It gave me the chance to see what it’s like and confirm that this is really what I would like to do. Jack: I gained a lot. I had the privilege of becoming friends with one of the Australian rowers, David Watts. He shared some stories with me and gave me plenty of tips which are already helping in my rowing. Were there any particular words of advice the rowers gave you? Grace: I heard advice from many of the rowers, but in particular, Hamish Parry, the men’s lightweight sculler [said] the moment you stop getting nervous before racing, that’s when you know you need to stop. I could totally relate to this. Nerves have gotten to me. I know that they are there for a reason and it’s because I care and love what I do. The moment I stop getting nervous is the moment I don’t care anymore. This is a saying that I have kept very close to me since as it reminds me that I am nervous for good reason. Jack: Some advice David gave me was to be determined and never give up. From that day on I have also tried my hardest. Tell me about the more memorable moments from the visit? Grace: There were so many.... It was so interesting to see them do their training and recovery and what they do each day. However, the one thing that stood out for me was Laura (Grace’s sister in Year 9) and I getting a photo with the Edmunds sisters, this was so special to me as I idolise both Maddie and Jacinta, anditmeanssomuchtometobeabletorow with my sister. So to be able to get a photo like that was an amazing experience. Jack: One moment was when David and I had a chat about rowing and about each other’s lives. I was very grateful to talk to him. What have you gleaned that will help you move forward with your rowing? Grace: I took so much out of the visit. At the end of the day you have to love what you do and every rower there loved what they did and who they did it with. They really showed me that you just need to enjoy the process and put in the hard work and you will reap the rewards. The whole team was so welcoming. They didn’t make you feel intimidated and they just acted like normal everyday people. As long as you put in the hard work you will enjoy what you do. Jack: After the visit I am more determined torowandIwanttotrymybestand become one of the best coxes at The Rockhampton Grammar School.” World- class learning Rowing Head Coach Mr John Smyth welcomed the “ incredible” opportunity the national rowing team residence was for Rockhampton Grammar students. Mr Smyth said the RGS Rowers witnessed the dedication and effort it takes to compete at the highest level of our sport. “The highlight was watching our young rowers create connections with the best rowers in the country, and in some cases the world,’’ Mr Smyth said. Most members on the national team started in programmes similar to RGS Rowing, according to Mr Smyth. “It was great to hear them share stories about falling in or not making the top team for a few years.” Rowing, Mr Smyth explains, is like most sports,in that it is about resilience and being persistent with your goals. “I think our rowers learned some valuable lessons through their conversat ions.” Mr Smyth said the city of Rockhampton has one of the best rowing venues in the country and that the national team and coaching staff were impressed by RGS facilities, the hospitality of the School, the rowing community and the wider Rockhampton community. “ We hope to see them back in 2020.” TRAVEL CREW is a locally based travel agency est. in 1994. We are proud to be a Member of Helloworld and collectively, our staff has over 130 years travel experience. We’re a highly professional, ATAS accredited agency ready to make your holiday dreams a reality. Level 1, Commercial Centre CQ University, North Rockhampton (07) 4936 2466 firstname.lastname@example.org Australian rower David Watts with (from left) Riley Godwin, Ben Werth, Marshall Leeson and Jack Koerner.
CQ July 2018