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And they're back: The combined University of WA Boat Club and West Australian Rowing Club nationals contingent have returned with enough booty to sink the the Francis. The nationals

Which is quite a bit, because I've tried to sink the Francis before and I swear that boat is intentionally trying to thwart my murder efforts. But as usual, I digress:

The team have returned victorious. And as far as I'm aware, in one piece.

For those who caught the action on TV, it's always a thrill to see our own athletes on the big screen (somehow even more exciting than watching them in real life) and I think we all cheered just that little bit extra to see Maia Simmonds. Firstly, they accurately pronounced her name - eventually. Then she was voted the "rower's rower" at the event. And then she went on to win the LW2X- world cup with past Olympian Hannah Every-Hall. As you do. It was a goose-bumps moment.

Anyway, some of the results are as follows:

Janelle Austin picked up a bronze for her position in the WA crew for the Victoria Cup, jagged a second in the Open LW4X-, and won the Open LW1X B-final by about three lengths. It's worth noting the time would have put her in the middle of the field in the A-final - a stellar effort.

For the lads, Matty Butz Cochran also picked up a win in a B scull final - the U23 in this case and he also won his event pretty much before anyone else had even left the starting blocks. Mat also had a berth in the Kings Cup event, as did some of our mates from UWA. There's some great pix of the Butz and a few other WARC friends in this gallery

DenikaDenika Kelsall medalled in the U19 quad scull (and convinced her fellow athletes to row in RED. Go sista!) and made the A Final in the hotly-contested U19 1x. She was also one of the senior members of the Youth Eight, which was a young crew with a bright future ahead of them.

 

Wakeford was there. He rowed. He's been very quiet on that front.

For Amy Bobbins Walters, she also made the B Final in the open lightweight single to race alongside Janelle, and had a great outing in the LW2X- with Alex Needoba from UWA. Bobs was also in the crew which picked up a silver in the open lightweight quad.

I am waiting on a summary of the equally huge, impressive and generally amazing haul from the UWA contingent, so come back in a while and I'll hopefully have it updated.

Meanwhile, a huge thanks to all the very, very many supporters who have stood behind these athletes and made the campaign possible. Very many know who you are and we have had your names pinned up in WARC for the last few weeks to remind everyone that for every shining star on the national stage, there is a veritable mountain of people underneath making it possible.