It was Livia Rosaia's first ever Bendigo Sprint Regatta and the 17-year-old from Elmore wasn't going to stop short of anything but championship glory.
All of Rosaia's hardwork paid off in full on Saturday on Lake Weeroona where she took out the female open single scull.
Rosaia completed the 480 metre course with a time of 1:49 out rowing Korowa Anglican Girls School's Eliza Roxborough-Judd by two seconds.
Other Bendigo Rowing Club members who stood on the podium were Pip Robertson and Amy Morgan who finished first in the female D-grade double scull.
BRC president Dr Cathleen Farrelly said the regatta was an "outstanding" success for the club and all involved.
"The regatta attracted a record 340 athletes competing in almost 60 race events," Farrelly said.
"In total 24 rowing clubs from across Victoria participated including Ballarat, Richmond, Corowa (NSW), Hamilton, Geelong and Shepparton.
"The competition was intense and the quality was high."
The club's memorial trophies were won by athletes from visiting clubs.
Arthur Cambridge Cup (male open scull): Sam Wilson - Footscray City Rowing Club
Tara Hubber Memorial Cup (under-15 female single scull): Bella Heagney- Corowa Rowing Club
Jack Butt - Harold Griffiths Trophy (male open double scull): Sam Gray and Samuel Wilson - Essendon Rowing Club.
The Bendigo Regatta forms part of Rowing Victoria's season which concludes with the state titles at the Nagambie Lakes in March 2020.
Farrelly was optimistic about the prospects of the club's rowers ahead of regattas on the Goulburn, Barwon and Wimmera Rivers next month.
"Our club is building a stable of very talented rowers, especially young women," Farrelly said.
"Emma Spencer, Zoe Boyce, Chelsea Dillon, Polly Robertson, Julia Rosaia and Eliza Oxley are full of confidence and have a great future in the sport."
The Club recently received $7650 from the City of Greater Bendigo's Community Grants Program to implement a Women on Water program.
The aim of the program will be to further promote rowing to women of all ages and abilities.
The funds will be used to purchase carbon fibre rowing oars which are lighter and easier for the rowers to use.
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