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History of the Queensland GPS Head of the River rowing regatta

1994 NSW Schoolgirls Head of the River

Jolly boating weather, without the hay-harvest breeze (Peter Fitzsimons, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 Mar 1994)

They are training for the summit of their season – the second annual Head of the River for schoolgirls to be held this Saturday afternoon on 1,500 metres of water in front of Iron Cove Bridge. They’ve been doing much the same thing, for up to 10 sessions a week, including weight training stints, since August of last year. Theirs is a serious assault on victory, and it starts as the boatshed every morning at 5.30.

“Long and strong! Long and strong!” come the commands and long and strong it is. The girls oblige with strokes even longer and stronger than before until finally they can no more, and at last they are allowed to softer it down to “light and bright”, and finally “rest.”

Two minutes later they go again.

Around and about them as they train, crisscrossing each other’s path, are many other student crews including the lads from St Joseph’s College and more importantly, SGHS’s fiercest rivals to win today’s regatta – the girls of the Loreto Normanhurst first VIII.


Single Scull

No time

1st Drummoyne

2nd Loreto Normanhurst

3rd Loreto Normanhurst

Open Four

The University of New South Wales Trophy

No time

1st Wenona

2nd Pymble Ladies

3rd SGHS

First Four

The Sydney University Women’s Sports Association Trophy

No time

1st Sydney Girls High

1st Eight

No time

1st SGHS

2nd Loreto Normanhurst

3rd Loreto Kirribilli

Year 10 Coxed Quad Scull Division 1

No time

1st Loreto Normanhurst

2nd Wenona

3rd Manly

Year 10 Coxed Four Division 1

No time

1st Wenona

2nd SCEGGS Redlands

3rd SGHS

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