The Under 18 women’s championship singles was won by Gabby Kukla of Brisbane.
The Under 18 women’s championship singles was won by Gabby Kukla of Brisbane.

Bundy rowers do us proud at titles

PAST, present and future Bundaberg rowing stars showed their ability to compete with the state’s best at the Queensland Championship Rowing Regatta at Bucca Weir on the weekend.

Returning rowers such as Kassandra Surmon and Tom Cox claimed gold medals racing for their southern teams at the event, while Bundaberg rower Sophie Jarvis added another two gold medals to her collection.

Rising stars Melanie Schmeider and Sarah Dimes also established themselves as stars of the future with strong showings at the championships.

Jarvis, a Queensland School champions, had a perfect rehearsal for next year’s national titles winning gold in the Under-16 doubles and the Under-16 quads.

In Brisbane-based Bronty Morris, Jarvis has found a partner that could take her all the way to national glory, coach John Bigg said yesterday.

“Bronty has been travelling up from Brisbane to train each weekend which doesn’t generally happen,” Bigg said.

Fellow Bundaberg Rowing Club star Rebecca Surmon competed in the Under-18 and Under-21 events but did not make a final.

Her sister Kassandra faired better in her return to Bundaberg.

The Gold Coast-based 21-year-old was part of an all-star team that took out the championship women’s quad sculls.

Flanked by Australian representatives, Tara Kelley, Hannah Evory-Hall and Brook Pratley, Surmon also won the championship coxless fours.

“It was a great feeling, and just a great weekend for everyone,” Surmon said.

In the battle of the brothers, Tom Cox came out on top, reaching second in the Under-21 Doubles final.

His brother Theo, teamed with fellow Bundaberg teen Luke Lawn, finished fourth in the final.

Tristan Pagliano, who joined Theo and Lawn at St Joseph’s Nudgee College this year also impressed, while racing in a higher class.

He came second in the Under-18 sculls.

Schmeider put her stamp on the championships with a silver in the Under-14 sculls and teaming with Dimes for a silver in the doubles.

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