Appy Hour: Schools back on the lake

BALLARAT schools have thrown normality out of the window the past week.

For Ballarat High School, Ballarat Grammar, Ballarat Clarendon College, Loreto and St Patrick’s College, the week has been entirely about this weekend’s Ballarat Associated School’s Head of the Lake. 

Ballarat Grammar’s Matt Haberfield sent in this week’s Appy Hour winning photo of the boys’ first and seconds crew in the eight boat in an early morning training session. 

The firsts’ crew cox himself, he submitted the photo but had his coach Sam Hutchinson take the photo.

“We wanted to get a good picture of us training on the lake, with the sunrise behind us,” Matt said.

“So credit goes to Sam – not to me.” 

He said that it wasn’t just the early morning training sessions that rowers were beginning to feel how quickly boat race was approaching. 

“The vibe has been great around school – everyone is getting into it and just celebrating for boat race,” he said.

However, Matt wasn’t prepared to say how Grammar’s support compared to other schools. 

“I suppose we’ll find out on the day,” Matt said.

“There were over 5000 supporters there last year, so if it’s anything like that it’ll be a great day.” 

NEXT WEEK: Today is the first day of autumn, and although the warm sun begins to leave us – the autumn colours begin to show and the city becomes a place of windy beauty. So keep an eye out this week for picture opportunities – weather it’s a tree in your back yard that’s starting to change colour, a landscape of Webster street as the leaves begin to fall, or of someone losing in the hat in the wind on Sturt street, or even just people wearing those warmer clothes. 

WHAT TO DO: Using The Courier’s iPhone or Android app select the report button and submit your photo via the Head of the Lake preparation assignment.

Matt Haberfield’s photo of an early-morning training session on Lake Wendouree.

Matt Haberfield’s photo of an early-morning training session on Lake Wendouree.


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