The Courier will take a look at each school's first crew in the lead-up to the Head of the Lake.
Damascus College is the first school in a series of previews ahead of the big race on February 24.
Watch the boys' video here.
Watch the girls' video here.
THE FIRST CREWS
STROKE, James Mavity
I know I've put in 100% all season and I'm keen to put that out on the water with the rest of the boys next weekend.
THREE SEAT, Mackenzie Yandell
Everyone likes an underdog story.
TWO SEAT, Ethan Blackmore
Going into Head of the Lake I feel confident as we are the best we have ever been at this stage. I'd like to also thank the boys and our coach for the terrific season
BOW, Julian Hockey
We’re really happy with our progress this season and we have all put in a lot of work in, on and off the water. I am just really excited for what we can do against the strong opposition.
COX, Caspian Linayao
We are keen for the challenge of what’s set to be an exciting race. I am really proud of the hard work and commitment of our Damascus crew and very grateful for our dedicated coach.
STROKE, Gemma Smith
Head of the Lake is the pinnacle of rowing for many Ballarat crews. We are all looking forward to enjoying the atmosphere of Head of the Lake and wish the best of luck to the other crews.
THREE SEAT, Charlotte Ashley
Tap down, hold your knees, early square, quick catches and fast legs help you to row but what will get you over the line is a big heart and a strong mental will. Good luck to all the other crews! #wearefearless
TWO SEAT, Maddy Edwards
I’m so excited for my last ever Head of the Lake. As a team, we’ve worked really hard and we’re gonna give it a red hot go! Good luck to the other crews on the day!
BOW, Sarah Matheson
We’ve been through a series of up and downs this season and have become stronger because of it. We are all very excited to give this years Head of the Lake a red hot go.
COX, Mikayla Dwyer
I am super excited to see everyone out on the water giving it their best shot. The endless amount of encouragement given throughout the day shows that every stroke counts!