Masterful efforts on the water

May 31, 2024 BY

United: Wendouree-Ballarat Rowing Club's Lee-Anne Martin and Ballarat City Rowing Club's Ebony Ebenwaldner (red and navy) competed together as part of a composite crew of four. Photo: WBRC

BALLARAT athletes made a big splash at the Australian Masters Rowing Championships on Lake Barrington, Tasmania, earlier in May.

Over four days of racing, narrow margins and nerve-racking finishes became a theme, but five Wendouree-Ballarat Rowing Club representatives and one Ballarat City Rowing Club team member still won many medals.

BCRC’s Ebony Ebenwaldner won seven medals, with gold in the mixed C quad, mixed double, and Women’s B coxed four (her first row in a four), silver in the women’s B single and mixed D quad, and bronze in the women’s C single and women’s D quad.

“Her individual efforts placed Ballarat City 44th out of 84 clubs in the overall medal tally,” a statement from BCRC said.

“Congratulations Ebony on a job well done!”

WBRC’s Gary Gullock, an Australian Olympian, won two gold medals and a silver, and Lee-Anne Martin took home two golds, a silver and a bronze.

Both Wendouree Ballarat’s Clare Martin and Bec Gribble won five gold medals, and two silvers, while Linda Skidmore also took home some second-place silverware.

BCRC coach Sharon Waters coached the Victorian Women’s 8+ at the Australian Masters Rowing Championships, which just missed a bronze medal.

Ebenwaldner took fourth place in the women’s A double and fifth in the women’s C double.