Following a dominant performance at the Australian Rowing Championships, five high school rowers have been selected in the Victorian Pathway Eight crews.
Hugh Bond (Ballarat Grammar School) and Tom Foley (St Patrick's College) will row in the boys crew to be coxed by Ollie Warwick (Ballarat Grammar).
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Jess Hawker (Ballarat Grammar) and Lucy Richardson (Ballarat Clarendon College) have been selected in the girls crew.
Ballarat Clarendon girls firsts crew coach Nicki Plucinski will lead the girls pathway crew as coach.
Selection for the crews included meeting 2km ergo test benchmarks throughout the season as well as pathway selectors watching the rowers in key regattas throughout the season.
Last week another ergo test was held and video taken of the rowers on the water to be sent to the selectors. A shortlist was then announced of rowers who needed to be in Melbourne the following day.
The rowers were put through their paces with seat racing on the Yarra River. From this the crews were selected.
The crews would usually race in an interstate pathway regatta in Pentrith but due to floods, changes have been made.
They boys will now race an eight boat from Mercantile and the girls will face a composite crew from Melbourne Girls Grammar and St Catherine's.
Plucinski told The Courier it's a great to have Ballarat so strongly represented.
"We had a lot of kids nominate and a lot of kids got through to the second stage. It's really nice to see that the regional areas are at the top of the sport within Victoria not just the Melbourne schools," she said.
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