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Head of the River 2015: Team & Dream Become One

Written on the 24 March 2015 by scotch

On Saturday, 21 March 2015, for the first time in the College's history, Scotch College Adelaide's Boys First VIII and Girls First VIII and the Boys Second VIII were all crowned as Head of the River champions.

These three historic victories were accompanied by five other gold medals, two silvers and one bronze, including five Boys Quads, rowed by year 9 and 10 boys. Each of the Scotch teams were strongly supported by other students, staff and parents who flocked to West Lakes to cheer their teams to a historic victory.

The South Australian Head of the River is a collegiate rowing race held between the colleges and schools of Adelaide and is the culmination of the South Australian Rowing Association schools' season and is the most prestigious event on the calendar. With its inception in the Torrens Lake in 1922, the Head of the River is currently held at West Lakes and involves junior coxed quadruple sculling events over 1,000m and 1,500m as well as senior coxed four and eight races over 2,000m. Races are hard-fought, close encounters that showcase the very best of junior rowing talent in South Australia, with the winning 1st VIII crew each year being crowned with the title of 'Head of the River'. Currently 15 schools compete in the regatta: 3 all boys' schools, 5 all girls' schools and 7 co-educational schools.

The last time that both the Scotch College Adelaide Boys First VIII and Second VIII won was 20 years ago. On Saturday, the First VIII beat traditional rivals Prince Alfred College and Saint Peter's College with a lead from the start and led by a boat length after 500 metres, a lead they held on to winning by 3.85 sec. The last time the Scotch Girls First VIII won was in 2001, and they led the race the whole way through and went on to win by 4.14 seconds, beating Walford, the reigning champions for the last 5 years, and Seymour College in third place. The Boys Second VIII beat St. Peter's College and Prince Alfred College.

The Head of the River culminates a demanding and exhilarating rowing season for Scotch students. This year we had the highest level of participation with almost one in every four students in the middle and the senior school involved in the rowing program. The Rowing Parents Support group also made incredible sacrifices, to not just get their kids to practice, but by also raising support to fund the largest expansion of the rowing fleet in the College's history.

"We had a very strong season, and our strong performance at the regattas through the whole season meant that we had to deal with very high expectations as the favorites heading into this year's Head of the River," said Toby Lister, Director of Rowing. "Ultimately rowing is a team sport and for the last two years I have been painting a vivid picture that we cannot achieve our dreams without each other. I am tremendously proud that we all worked together seniors, intermediates and juniors, parents and coaches to achieve a fantastic result. We are real champions, not just because of our results on Saturday, but because of the way our exceptional students achieved those results," he added.


Team Photos

Boys 8/9 Quad (Coach Cam Delbridge)
Boys 8/9 D Quad (Coach Cam Delbridge)
Boys 8/9 Quad (Coach Cam Delbridge)
Boys 8/9 C Quad (Coach Tim Belcher)
Boys 8/9 Quad (Coach Cam Delbridge)
Boys 8/9 B Quad (Coach Tim Belcher)
Boys 8/9 Quad (Coach Cam Delbridge)
Boys 9/10 D Quad (Coach Angus Winwood/Isabella Ludbrook)
Boys 8/9 Quad (Coach Cam Delbridge)
Boys 9/10 C Quad (Coach Angus Winwood/Isabella Ludbrook)
Boys 8/9 Quad (Coach Cam Delbridge)
Boys 2nd VIII
(Coach Tom Shelton)
Boys 8/9 Quad (Coach Cam Delbridge)
Boys 1st VIII (Coach James Seppelt)
Boys 8/9 Quad (Coach Cam Delbridge)
Girls 1st VIII
(Coach Louise Firth/Will Townsend)

Author: scotch

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