Bundaberg rower Sophie Jarvis wants to win another state title at Bucca Weir this weekend.
Bundaberg rower Sophie Jarvis wants to win another state title at Bucca Weir this weekend. RON BURGIN

Jarvis aims for state championship

LAST time Sophie Jarvis competed at Bucca Weir she emerged a Queensland champion.

She is hoping to repeat that feat this weekend at the Queensland State Championship Regatta.

The 16-year-old Bundaberg Rowing Club star already added a state singles championship to her trophy cabinet at August’s state school championships.

She can cap off a stellar year on the water with a win this weekend.

The St Luke’s Anglican School senior will compete in the under-16 singles, under-18 singles, the quads and the fours.

“I’m pretty confident going into the event; I have been training heavily and I’m well prepared,” Jarvis said.

For the past two months, Jarvis has been doing 12 training sessions a week to prepare for the championships.

That includes two sessions each weekday with other ambitious members of the Bundaberg Rowing Club.

“The training has been hard but I feel like I’m prepared to race well,” she said.

Although the prospect of a double state championship season appeals to Jarvis she has her sights set on a bigger target.

“This will be a good event to see how I am going for the Australian titles,” she said.

Jarvis will be one of Bundaberg’s best prospects of picking up a medal at the regatta.

But the field is stacked with local talent, including Shalom College junior Rebecca Surmon and Tristan Pagliano, who are also state champions.

The event is not as big as the school championships earlier, but it will still draw more than 300 of Queensland’s top rowers over the weekend.

More than 150 races are expected to take place at Bucca over the next two days, with finals taking place on both days.

The action will start at Bucca at 7am tomorrow.

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