Junior rowers selected for QLD

THE region's budding rowers have impressed state selectors with four emerging juniors selected for the state's elite training squad.

Dual Australian title holder and St Luke's student Sophie Jarvis lead an oarsome foursome of locals including Shalom students Daniel Brame and Rebecca Surmon, and Nudgee scholarship student Tristan Pagliano.

Bundaberg Rowing Club coach John Bigg has been selected to help with coaching duties in the Junior Elite Training Squad known as JETS.

Bigg said it is the most Bundaberg rowers the squad had ever featured in the history of rowing in Bundaberg.

“To have four on the team is a real achievement and it's something we can be very proud of as a rowing region,” he said.

“The kids have got to be very talented and have the runs on the board to be selected so I think they should be congratulated.”

The foursome will attend an elite camp at Bucca Weir immediately preceding the Queensland Schools Rowing Championships to be held between September 21 and 23.

To be considered for selection in the squad the students had to send a detailed history of their achievements in the sport and complete a gruelling 2000 metre ergometer test.

Bigg said the selections were evidence of growth in the sport in recent years.

“Rowing is the fastest growing sport in Bundaberg,” he said.

“It's getting to the stage that so many students want to be involved that we don't have enough room to fit all the boats in the sheds.”