Trinity shines at annual regatta
THE youth and exuberance of Trinity Catholic College students made up the bulk of the competitors for the Lismore Rowing Club when it hosted its annual regatta at Coraki on Sunday.
The regatta included 53 events and 10 clubs including Gold Coast Masters, Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads, Lower Clarence, Iluka and Grafton.
Up to 80 rowers competed in the events with plenty of supporters and support staff enjoying the carnival from the banks of the Richmond River, Northern Rivers Rowing Association regatta secretary Peter Faint said.
Lismore Rowing Club's competitive contingent largely relies on young rowers from Trinity, who make up about half of the club's members, according to rowing coach Mark McMahon.
"Rowing is a great sport for children because it exercises the mind and body," he said.
"Training can often involve long periods of solitude out on the river, so success is based on self discipline.
"The sport could also suit people who don't naturally drift into team sports."
McMahon has been coaching at Trinity for six years and worked with rowers capable of racing in state and national meetings.
Among the regatta's older competitors was Joan Riley, 74, who took to the water with Iluka's rowing club to compete in the female quad race, which they won.
Riley took up the sport a couple of years ago because, she said, at her age she "needed a reason to get out of bed".