Cox brothers go head to head
ROWING: Most sibling rivalries are kept in the backyard, but Tom and Theo Cox will ignite theirs in the middle of Bucca Weir at the Queensland State Championship Regatta this weekend.
The Gin Gin brothers will go head-to-head in the doubles event on Saturday.
“We’ve raced against each other in the past, usually just training or whatever,” Theo, 16, said yesterday.
“We’ve never raced on a stage like this before.”
Tom, the older of the brothers, should have the upper hand when he takes on Theo this weekend, but both have been impressive when rowing in Brisbane this season.
Theo enjoyed his first year at St Joseph’s Nudgee College, in Brisbane, after gaining a rowing scholarship this year.
“It’s been a good year – the rowing has kept me busy and all of the other sports,” Theo said.
Tom, who has graduated from Nudgee, spent his year with the University of Queensland rowing team.
He will team up with another University of Queensland rower in the doubles event, and Theo will be rowing with fellow Bundaberg junior Luke Lawn, who is also at Nudgee.
“I’ve seen the guys we’re competing against and they are of Australian standard, so I’m not all that confident in the doubles events,” Tom said.
“We’ll just have to see how it goes.”
Tom will also race in singles events over the weekend.
Theo rates himself a better chance in the singles competition.
The Cox brothers are just two of Bundaberg’s best rowers returning to the region for the state championships.
Rowers who have moved on to compete in Brisbane and abroad, as well as up-and-coming juniors, will carry the region’s hopes at Bucca Weir. The racing will be held on Saturday and Sunday.