Gippsland Grammar rowers to compete on the world stage

May 13, 2022 | Garnsey News, Principal's News

Two Gippsland Grammar rowers have been selected by Rowing Australia in the team that will represent Australia at the World Championships in Italy in July.

Year 12 students Lindsay Hamilton and Billy Osborne have been selected in the under-19 Men’s Quad Scull alongside two students from St Joseph’s Nudgee College in Queensland. They join more than 40 rowers from across Australia in the team that will compete in the World Championships in Varese, Italy from July 25-31. This will be the first time since 2019 that Australia has been represented at an underage level internationally. 

In an extra coup for the Gippsland independent school, Gippsland Grammar’s Head of Rowing Nick Bartlett has also been selected as the coach for the under-19 Men’s Quad Scull team while Old Scholar from the Class of 2019 Paige Barr was also selected in the under-23 Women’s Coxless Four.

The news follows Gippsland Grammar’s recent success at the Australian Rowing Championships in Nagambie in April which saw the School bring home two National titles and two silver medals, making it the most successful Nationals campaign in the history of the School. It is also hot on the heels of the news that the School’s Open Men’s Quad crew – which includes both Lindsay and Billy alongside fellow students Cameron Rule and Anthony Smith – will also represent the School at the Henley Royal Regatta in the UK from June 28 – July 3. That means Lindsay and Billy will have just a three-week break between competing in the UK and competing in Italy.

Gippsland Grammar Year 12 students Billy Osborne and Lindsay Hamilton with Head of Rowing Nick Bartlett have been selected in Rowing Australia’s team to represent Australia at the World Championships in Italy in July.

Head of Rowing Nick Bartlett said the two upcoming international competitions was an incredibly satisfying achievement for the School’s senior rowers following years of dedication and early morning training which is done in conjunction with the students maintaining their studies.

“To be selected to represent Australia at a World Championships is one of the highest honours that you can achieve in rowing,” Mr Bartlett said.

“Billy has been in our Rowing program since Year 7 and Lindsay joined when he came to the School in Year 10. Since then, the boys have seen success after success but this (the World Championships) has always been the ultimate goal.

“For Lindsay and Billy to achieve this in what is their final year of schooling is such an amazing achievement and incredibly satisfying for both of them. It’s been a pleasure for me to work with two rowers who give their all every single time they get on the water and they absolutely deserve this success and will do their best at the championships.”

Lindsay and Billy are currently training with their Gippsland Grammar teammates for the Henley Royal Regatta and at the conclusion of that competition they will travel straight to Varese in Italy for a three-week training camp with their Rowing Australia teammates before the World Championships on Lake Varese from July 25.

The entire Gippsland Grammar Community wishes them all the best for this exciting endeavour.

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Gippsland Grammar background:
Gippsland Grammar is one of Australia’s leading co-educational Anglican schools, with a tradition of excellence in education extending almost 100 years. Located in the heart of Gippsland, the School has more than 1100 students across three campuses including St Anne’s junior campus and the Garnsey senior campus, both at Sale, and the Bairnsdale junior campus in East Gippsland. Enrolments at both junior campuses begin with a 3s and 4s kindergarten program at their respective Early Learning Centres (ELC) and Garnsey caters for students from Years 7-12. Gippsland Grammar is also the only boarding school east of Melbourne’s suburban fringe and is a home-away-from-home for students from far East Gippsland, South Gippsland, Victoria’s High Country and the Latrobe Valley as well as for a cohort of international students.

Gippsland Grammar’s 2021 VCE results:
Gippsland Grammar’s class of 2021 was among some of Victoria’s highest achieving Year 12 students. An amazing 21 per cent of the School’s Year 12 students achieved an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) above 90 and 38 per cent above 80, which places them in the top 10 percent, and 20 per cent, in the state respectively. Gippsland Grammar’s Dux for 2021 was Demi Edward with an ATAR of 99.2, two students achieved a perfect study score of 50 while 28 per cent of students achieved a study score above 40. Gippsland Grammar is also proud to acknowledge the 21 students from the 2021 cohort who made a successful transition into the workforce through an apprenticeship or traineeship.

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