Young rowers to World Champs

May 26, 2022 BY

Challenge: National qualifiers Lucy Richardson, Ellie McClure, and Katie Jackson (second from right), and their BCC crew, raced Olympians Lucy Stephan and Katrina Werry at earlier in 2022. Photo: FILE

AFTER their success in last season’s strong Ballarat Clarendon College girls’ open division one coxed four, three young local rowers have reached a new major milestone.

Current Ballarat City Rowing Club member Lucy Richardson, and Wendouree-Ballarat Rowing Club members Ellie McClure and Katie Jackson have all been selected for the 2022 Australian rowing squad.

Richardson, McClure, and Jackson are set to wear the green and gold when they row in the under-19 women’s eight at this year’s World Rowing Junior Championships.

To be held Varese, Italy, the international regatta will run over five days from Wednesday, 27 to Sunday, 31 July.

But the local celebrations have not stopped there, as former Ballarat City Rowing Club members Tom Foley and Felix Oliver have also been selected to represent Australia.

In the under-19 men’s eight, Foley is the first-ever St Patrick’s College student to be part of the national under-19 team. A graduate of Ballarat Grammar, Oliver has been selected for the under-21 men’s quad scull.

Earlier in the year, Richardson, McClure and Jackson got a taste of the high performance that exists in the Australian squad when they raced against former local rowers, and now Olympians, Katrina Werry and Lucy Stephan during the Ballarat Associated Schools’ Head of the Lake.