Surmon strokes to gold

by Adam Shortman

IT was a golden day for Rebecca Surmon on Sunday, with a win in the Girls Single Scull event at the Queensland Interregional Rowing Championships .

The Bundaberg team who made the trip to Rockhampton last weekend were matched against some of the best young rowers in the country.

But with a convincing team performance, the Bundaberg crews were able to stay afloat against spirited major division opposition teams from the Gold Coast, Rockhampton and Townsville.

The team finishing in last place was automatically relegated to the minor divisions, a fate avoided by the Bundaberg side who managed to come in placed third overall.

Coach Rod Silcox said he was concerned before the tournament Bundaberg could be the team to be relegated to the lower groups.

"I was worried we might be the ones to go down because we were up against some stiff competition from the regional areas," Silcox said.

"But it was a great team performance to pull through, and they were really unlucky not to grab second place."

Bundaberg were edged out of the silver by Rockhampton by two points in the day's final race.

"It came down to the last quad races of the day and the boys just got beaten by a smidgeon," Silcox said.

Gold Coast took first place on the day, considerable leaders on points, while Townsville faced the drop for coming in last.

But the day was not without its individual star performances.

Surmon was Bundaberg's only clear winner of the day, but her sister Samantha was also able to grab a result, coming in second in the Division 2 singles.

Jerom Norris was outstanding with his silver in the boys champion of champions singles event, while Claire Chapman won an impressive third place in the girls, both rowers having to defeat some national standard competition to get their names on the leaderboard.

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