Fierce battles on the lake

December 02, 2017

Staying at the top: After being crowned a national champion last month, Tom Dooley-Heath will compete in three events at the Currum Regatta in Nagambie today.

Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre will host more fierce racing today as the rowing season heats up.

After many sprint regattas to start the season, racing will be held across the championship distances of 1000m and 2000m today at the 2017 Carrum Regatta in Nagambie.

Shepparton Rowing Club will boat 21 crews and scullers at the event, while Nagambie Rowing Club has 10.

Fresh from triple Australian Indoor Rowing Championship success, Shepparton’s Jack Puise will relish the chance to get back on the water in his male under-15 single scull, under-15 double scull and D-grade coxed quad scull events.

Tom Dooley-Heath, who was also crowned a national champion last month, will compete in the male under-17 single scull, mixed coxed quad scull and male D-grade double scull races.

Tom Schier is a strong contender in the male C-grade single scull field of 41 competitors, but has been unable to train to his full potential recently due to exam pressure.

A massive boost for Shepparton will be the return of Sophie Reinehr after an intensive training regime at Ballarat Grammar, with the female under-17 single scull championship silver medallist testing out this season’s competition in her strongest event.

Schier and Reinehr will form a formidable duo in the mixed double scull, while Maoinin Dooley-Heath, Lydia Todd, Toby Crichton, James Worsfold, Nick Waller, Michael Eldred and James Darbyshire will all look to perform to the best of their ability across various events.

Julia Finnigan remains Nagambie’s main hope at the event as she takes on the female C-grade single scull, C-grade double scull, D-grade eight and under-19 double scull races.

Familiar faces will also line up against the region’s rowers, with former Shepparton star Anna Chalkley and local Nathan Leckie racing for the Banks Rowing Club, as both now study in Melbourne.

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