Bendigo students are ready to compete in their first canoe championship at Lake Nagambie

Nine students from Girton Grammar School will compete in a range of events at the Victorian Schools Canoe Championships held on March 18 at Lake Nagambie.

Girton Grammar School headmaster Matthew Maruff said the school had been running a kayak club as part of its co-curricular program for approximately one year.

“The students range in age and experience in the sport and train every Tuesday night at Lake Weeroona or Crusoe Reservoir,” Mr Maruff said.

“We are fortunate to have two national champions on the team who have taken on instructor roles for the other students, sharing their wealth of experience and skill.

“Imogen Douglass and James Humphry travelled to the kayaking World Championships in Austria last year so they have plenty of advice for the less experienced paddlers in the team.”

The Bendigo Canoe Club has supported the Girton Kayaking Team by providing equipment, coaching and general support on their journey to the competition.

The Victorian Schools Canoe Championship will be the first formal competition in which the team has had the opportunity to compete against other schools.

“Kayaking is one of more than seventy co-curricular activities on offer at Girton Grammar and a fantastic sport for teamwork, physical fitness and discipline,” Mr Maruff said.

“My thanks goes to the dedicated parents of the students in this activity and to the Bendigo Canoe Club for their generous support.”