Four of the St Luke’s rowing stars are Mel Schmeider, Sarah Dimes, Emma Pressler-McHugh and Demi Pressler-McHugh.
Four of the St Luke’s rowing stars are Mel Schmeider, Sarah Dimes, Emma Pressler-McHugh and Demi Pressler-McHugh. Mike Knott

St Luke's expand rowing fleet

St Luke's Anglican School have expanded their fleet from two to eight boats this year — the first visible step in their five-year plan to develop the sport at the school.

St Luke's sports master Peter Robinson said he was excited about what lay ahead, considering the amount of talent in the lower year levels.

“We hope to build a good group of kids, more coaches and a bigger fleet.”

“We've committed money across the five years and it's exciting to think what we could build in the next few years with the talent we have at the moment,” Robinson said.

Rowing captain Sophie Jarvis has forged a reputation already as one of the nation's best, but a host of younger oarsmen and women are producing results that indicate they are not far off that level themselves.

A coaching panel that includes Chris Bigg, Joe Jarvis, John Pressler, Ford Carson and Ian Grotherr (head coach for 14 years) is putting them through their paces almost seven days a week, while a talent identification program will take place in the last week of this term. Past students, or “Old Saints” are also getting involved in the coaching process.

“The kids train hard, are keen to get results and are a credit to their parents. They have all the right ingredients,” Robinson said.



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