Female rowers net awards

Meaghan Lowndes and Scott Balmer, who competed at the national titles in March, were recognised at the Bendigo Rowing Club's awards night. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Meaghan Lowndes and Scott Balmer, who competed at the national titles in March, were recognised at the Bendigo Rowing Club's awards night. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

THE launch of a new racing boat capped off a successful 2013-14 regatta season for the Bendigo Rowing Club.

A bottle of bubbly was sacrificed over the hull of the sleek racing double scull at the club's recent awards night at Lake Weeroona.

The racing scull has been named after De and Caitlin Fraser, who represented Bendigo in national and international regattas in the 1980s and are advocates for women in rowing.

Club president Damien Hickey welcomed the naming of the boat after the two Bendigonians.

"The popularity of women in rowing in Bendigo is a legacy of the success of athletes such as De and Caitlin, and our club is reaping the benefits," he said.

Female rowers dominated the club's annual awards.

Jemima Morris was honoured as club champion, while Ella Fraser took out the best first-year rower award.

Coxswain of the year went to Amy Morgan and the best masters crew was the women's quad four, comprising Lynda Davis, Debra Wakefield, Pene Wood, Caroline McMillan and Stephanie Griffiths. 

The John Godfrey Award, named after the club founder, was presented to John Nolen for his years of voluntary fund-raising support.

Certificates of Recognition were awarded to Meaghan Lowndes and Scott Balmer, who performed strongly at the 2014 Rowing Australia national titles in Penrith.

Competition resumes in October, with the Bendigo regatta part of Rowing Victoria's 2014-15 series.

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