Head of the Lake: Ballarat Clarendon College in profile

Head of the Lake: Ballarat Clarendon College in profile Breaking the drought: Cody Grant, Robert Corden-McKinley, Henry Woodward, Samuel Hayden and Benjamin Dowling.
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Good record: Georgie Jackson, Lucy Joyce, Julia Kittelty, Alice Coltman and Eliza Millen. PICTURES: ADAM TRAFFORD

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STROKE, YEAR 11

Stepping up to the firsts can be a daunting task, but for Jackson it comes with the familiarity of rowing with two other crew members from last year.

Jackson was victorious in the year 10 division one girls alongside Julia Kittetly and Alice Coltman last year.

LUCY JOYCE

CAPTAIN, THREE SEAT, YEAR 12

The only member of the crew that did not row together last year. Joyce took out the seconds last year and now it is her time to defend the title as firsts captain.

“I’ve fitted in well, the girls have all been welcoming,” she said.

JULIA KITTELTY

TWO SEAT, YEAR 11

Like her fellow crew members, tasted victory in the lower divisions last year. Now it is time to step up and make it count in the main race.

“It’s both nerves and excitement at this time but we just have to overcome it and row to our best,” she said.

ALICE COLTMAN

BOW, YEAR 11

Cotlman believes having three crew members sticking together from last year can only serve as an advantage for College.

“We all know each other really well which I think helps,” she said. “It’s really exciting, it’s the most exciting week of the year.”

ELIZA MILLEN

COX, YEAR 12

Millen describes herself as the bossiest and most chatty member of the crew – exactly what a cox should be.

“It’s all about trying to motivate the girls and making sure you are the loudest voice on the water,” she said.

Boys’ squad:CODY GRANT

STROKE, YEAR 12

In his first year rowing at Clarendon, Grant said he took up the sport after witnessing the atmosphere at Lake Wendouree last year.

Formerly a single sculler from Geelong, he is relishing the opportunity to row in a team with some of his closest friends.

ROBERT CORDEN-MCKINLEY

THREE SEAT, YEAR 11

Rowing is in Corden-McKinley’s blood. His father rowed in College’s firsts in 1968 and 1969 and went on to become national champion.

His mother rowed for Victoria. “I always wanted to follow in their footsteps,” he said.

HENRY WOODWARD

TWO SEAT, YEAR 11

Even though it is his first year in the firsts crew, Woodward still uses previous defeats in lower divisions as motivation.

“We’ve put in so much work this year,” he said. “I use other races that we haven’t won as motivation, definitely.”

SAMUEL HAYDEN

CAPTAIN, BOW,YEAR 12

The only returning member from last year’s crew, Hayden this year takes on the responsibility of captaining the boat.

“We don’t want it to be the case like last year where we just go down so we have worked that much harder,” he said.

BEN DOWLING

COX, YEAR 11

Dowling last year watched his sister, Ellie, take out the girls’ title as cox. Now he feels it is his time to claim some glory.

“I’m just ready to get out there on the day and do everything I can to help the boys over the line,” he said.

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