Saturday 25 February, 2012
Well today we headed to the Sunshine Coast to watch Ryan and his crew compete in the Junior Head of the River. At Ryan’s school, the rowing program starts a year later than the rest of the GPS schools, and they tend to get a little bit of a touch up for the first year or 2, but trend towards success in the later years. (i.e. the 1st and 2nd crew came first in their races yesterday)
There had been a lot of rain in the last week, and during the night it bucketed down. I was given the tip to take a lot of wet weather gear, as the show will go on regardless… So a weary Ryan rises far too early for a Saturday morning, and I get him to school before 5:00 AM, as all of the boys travel together to the regatta on buses. We travelled up a few hours later.
When we arrived, though greeted with a quick rain shower, we got a great feeling about the day. The place was was almost like a carnival
Officials at the finish line
A Rollins fan amongst the Terrace supporters
Ryan and crew setting off, got to say good luck (hopefully not embarassing him too much)
The boys previous best place for the season was 3rd, and the previous week they got two – 4th places. The boys got a great start and when looking from a distance, as they headed towards us, they looked to be close to the TSS crew who had dominated all season. The boys picked up their stroke rate, and actually were in the lead. They went stroke for stroke to the finish line, and it was too close to call it from where we were standing, but the announcer called Ryan’s crew the winners.
We grabbed lunch together and I caught this moment with Ryan and Sue
Ryan receiving his pennant
With crew (sans Thomas) after the presentation
It was a great day, and a perfect end to the rowing season. I will be enjoying the alarm not going off at 4:00 on Saturdays though!
Song of the day: Take me to the River – Talking Heads