Sydney University Boat Club masters teams reaped a swag of medals at state and national championships in May.
At the Australian Masters Rowing Champs at Champion Lakes in Western Australia May 22-25, Jo Pollett and Kerrie Bigsworth won 2 gold and a club medal for first club crew over the line for the WMG2- and Mixed H4+. The mixed H4+ comprised Kerrie, Jo, Phillip Titterton (MRC), John Hardy (MRC) with Lisa Cottee as cox. Lisa also won a silver in the women’s F8+, while Kerrie picked up a bronze in the women’s G1x.
Pollett said the highlights of the WA based national championships were the high standard of competition, a great course and facilities and great weather. An added bonus was that each SUBC rower won a medal. The challenges of competing weren’t insignificant. The squad didn’t have to tow any boats across the Nullabor and were able to hire high quality boats from local schools and clubs. While it was a challenge to pull together a competitive crew for the relatively far flung regatta, the medal haul made it all worthwhile, Pollett said.
In the NSW Masters State Championships at SIRC May 5-6, Kerrie Bigsworth and Jo Pollett won silver in the Women’s G-M Pair and silver in the womens G8+ with Mary Boland, Lisa Cottee and Jo Pollett in the crew. The Women’s E8 comprising Kirsten Liljeqvist, Josephine Bryant, Penny Wass, Lisa Cottee, Cath Boland, Cath James, Ann Tout and Joanne Gray, coxed by Susie Edwards, won bronze.