BRONZED: Crystal Piper and Gemma Dane with their medal haul at the National Rowing Championships.
BRONZED: Crystal Piper and Gemma Dane with their medal haul at the National Rowing Championships. Contributed

Lower rowers medal at national rowing titles

ROWING: The rewards of hard work came for two Lower Clarence Rowing Club members Gemma Dane and Crystal Piper at the recent Australian Rowing Championships.

For all the early mornings, for all the after school training sessions, for all the off water training and for all the trips to Sydney and Gold Coast for further training the girls reaped the benefits to bring home a combined four-medal haul.

Up against the best rowers across the country, Dane and Piper showed their Clarence spirit, going to work on the oars to finish with an incredible strike rate - bringing home four bronze medals from a combined six races.

It was a tremendous effort for the two Maclean High School students and their local coaches Harold Kratz, Keryn Saunders (Lower Clarence Rowing Club), John Kincade (North Coast Academy of Sport) and their Sydney and Gold Coast coaches.

Dane won bronze in the under-23 Lightweight Women's Double Scull with Rosie Beasley (University of Technology Sydney) while she also won bronze in the under-23 Lightweight Women's Quad Scull with a UTS Composite crew. Dane was very happy with her row in the A final of the Uunder-23 Lightweight single scull, rowing into the final before finishing a credible seventh.

Piper won bronze with a Footscray City Composite crew in the under-19 Women's Quad Scull, and then with a Sydney Rowing Club crew won bronze in the under-19 Women's Coxless Four. Crystal also got into the B Final of the under-19 Women's Single Scull finishing in seventh.

Leah Saunders who rowed with the Lower Clarence Rowing Club while at school won the silver medal in the Women's Open Double Scull and also won silver in the NSW Interstate Women's Eight in the Queen's Cup.