Rower on the rise

MT PLEASANT rower Georgia Wheeler’s star continues to rise, picking up fifth in the finals of last month’s world junior championships.

The Swan River Rowing Club member was already having a stellar year, picking up three gold medals at the Australian rowing championships: for U19 women’s double, U19 women’s quad and the schoolgirls single scull. She took silver in the U19 women’s singles, won by her international doubles partner Bridget Badenoch.

• Up-and-coming rower Georgia Wheeler. Photos supplied

• Up-and-coming rower Georgia Wheeler. Photos supplied

Wheeler also won silver at the Australian Youth Olympics in 2013, which involved young competitors from 24 countries.

The year 12 student was discovered by the WA Institute of Sport in 2010 when it conducted aptitude tests at Perth Modern School, where she studies.

It’s also been a good year for the SRRC, which had three members in the Australian senior team at the world championships in France and earlier in the year Chris Hayes won bronze in the in the world U23 coxless quadruple scull  championships.

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During the upcoming school holidays, the club is holding four-day introduction to rowing courses for 14-16 year olds, hoping to unearth some new talent to bolster its international stocks.

The courses run from 9am to 4pm at the club, which is a 2A The Esplanade in Mount Pleasant. Registrations can be in person from 9-10am on Sunday September 27 at the club, by emailing or by calling Alexandra on 0413 563 648 or Alan on 0417 932 246.

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