Making a splash to start the season

BACK FOR MORE: Samantha Pett returned to rowing for the first time in half a year for the season launch on Saturday on a successful day for Bathurst rowers. 083113psamTHE Central Tablelands Rowing Club started the 2014-15 season in perfect fashion at Penrith on Saturday, recording a number of standout efforts in the club’s first major regatta since the winter spell.

A team of 11 rowers went to the International Regatta Centre to race in the Rowing NSW season launch, the Spring Regatta.

The Central Tablelands Rowing Club group took part in singles, doubles and quads sculls racing and picked up three wins to do their coaches and support group proud.

Georgie Shiels took a win in the women’s novice single scull and clubmate Kayla Pett was in second, and that was followed by Ben Le Breton winning division four of the men’s D grade single scull.

Morgan Brooking was another winner, taking out division five of the men’s D grade singles.

Among the other eye-catching efforts was Ashleigh Brooking, who posted a personal best of four minutes, seven seconds in finishing second in the women’s D grade singles.

Club star Samantha Pett also returned to the water after a six-month lay-off due to a serious shoulder injury.

She picked up second in the women’s C grade single sculls second division.

Among the other placings were Ashleigh Brooking, with second in a division three women’s single sculls race.

Daniel Madden was second in the men’s D grade division one singles. Aaron Simmons and Nick Le Breton finished second and fourth respectively in division three.

Jackson Riley was another placegetter in D grade.

The team of Morgan Brooking, Nick and Ben Le Breton and Aaron Simmons were fourth in the men’s D grade coxless fours.

A team of Nick Le Breton and Simmons was fourth in the men’s D grade division two doubles, and Ben Le Breton and Morgan Brooking were third in division three.

“Most of them trained throughout the winter and went in a few Winter Series regattas, but they were generally for the novice rowers and not so much the more experienced ones,” club coach Joe Martin said.

“A few of them competed at a meet a couple of weeks ago at Nepean. I couldn’t have been more pleased with how they all went on the weekend, though – the results were outstanding.

“Samantha Pett was out of action for about six months and had surgery on her shoulder, but she looks like she is back and ready to go.

“Next up for us is the Hunter Valley Grammar School Regatta on Saturday week and that will be followed by another meet the following day. It will be a busy weekend.”

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