DAMASCUS College has its sights set on having crews in next year’s Head of the Lake regatta on Lake Wendouree.
The college last night launched a new rowing program at a gala function at Sails on the Lake.
Damascus had a fleeting involvement in rowing more than a decade ago, but this time has a long-term view for the sport.
Highly regarded Ballarat mentor Peter Moon has been appointed to oversee the program as the college’s head of rowing.
“There’s a few kids who didn’t do any sport previously, but they heard about rowing and got excited,” Moon said.
“They have been working and training hard. They will be competitive on the day.”
Damascus students were given their first taste of the sport early in the year after being approached by Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club as part of an “adopt a school” program.
The college has had a core group of 30, featuring about 25 girls, across a range of age groups.
Student Macquenzie Amos said she was excited to start rowing.
“There’s always so many people cheering them on and it just seems like such a fun sport,” she said.
College development officer Corrina Dichiera said the school was confident this would grow through the summer as the program became better established.
Damascus will make its competition debut on Saturday, with female crews taking part in the Bendigo Rowing Club regatta on Lake Weeroona.