Ballarat rowers gain national medals on way to world championships on Lake Wendouree

ON THE PODIUM: Ballarat’s Australian Masters Rowing Championships medallists Jamie McDonald, left, John King and Lee-anne Martin, who will use the achievements as a launching pad to the world masters on Lake Wendouree in October. PICTURE: DYLAN BURNS

ON THE PODIUM: Ballarat’s Australian Masters Rowing Championships medallists Jamie McDonald, left, John King and Lee-anne Martin, who will use the achievements as a launching pad to the world masters on Lake Wendouree in October. PICTURE: DYLAN BURNS

BALLARAT will have national medallists of its own on the water in the World Masters Rowing Championships on Lake Wendouree in October.

Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club duo Lee-anne Martin and John King, and Ballarat City’s Jamie McDonald each collected medals at the national masters titles in Adelaide.

King and McDonald have already locked themselves in for the coxless pairs at the worlds, being among the first entries for the regatta on October 9-12.

Martin will make her World Masters Rowing Championships debut at the event.

All three are already looking to the international regatta full of anticipation, with the nationals providing a small taste of what is to come.

Martin had an outstanding national regatta, collecting three gold medals, two silver and two bronze across two categories.

Her biggest success came as part of the winning Victorian quad scull.

Martin also tasted victory in a women’s double scull and a mixed quad scull.

She collected silver in women’s and mixed double sculls, and bronze in women’s single and quad sculls.

Like Martin, King also represented Victoria in Adelaide.

He finished on the podium for the Big V with a silver in an interstate men’s eight.

This is the first time King, 44, has rowed for Victoria.

King and McDonald were also members of a composite coxed four to finish second at the nationals.

McDonald also earned a second silver medal in another category coxed four.

The regatta was one of the last key lead-up events to the world championships for competitors and organisers.

Like most Victorians who were in Adelaide, Martin, King and McDonald will make one more appearance this season at the Victorian masters championships on Lake Wendouree on Saturday, May 17.

david.brehaut@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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