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History of Ballarat Head of the Lake rowing regatta

Ballarat Head of the Lake Regatta

The Ballarat schools have conducted their Head of the Lake since 1912. Except for war years and years without water, the race is conducted on Lake Wendouree.

School rowing has always been strong in Ballarat and this strength has has produced many Victorian and Australian representatives. It also has produced some of our finest coaches and administrators.

However the race had a rocky and controversial start. The first race in 1912 was declared a no race and further, Ballarat High School was barred from entering an entry. See the 1912 page for more details.

The Ballarat Schools' Association was formed in 1912 and comprised Ballarat College (Clarendon), St Partick's College and Ballarat Grammar.

Ballarat Grammar and St Patrick's raced in the first race and Ballarat College first raced in 1915.

2007 Ballarat Head of the Lake captains of winning schools

2007 Captains of the Premiership Schools

Best Times

The best times for races. These times exclude:

  • 2003 2000m events due to the raced being shortened
  • 2005-2011 when races were not raced at Lake Wendouree
         
Race Time School Year
Girls Year 9 Div 1 3:35.76 BHS 2017
Girls Year 9 Div 2 3:52.85 BG 2020
Girls Year 9 Div 3 4:01.87 LC 2020
Girls Year 9 Div 43:31.00LC2013
Girls Year 9 Div 54:13.94LC2020




Girls Year 10 Div 1 3:38.67 BCC 2020
Girls Year 10 Div 2 3:49.60 LC 2020
Girls Year 10 Div 3 4:05.62 BGS 2003
Girls Year 10 Div 44:08.14BGS2003
Girls Year 10 Div 54:11.41LC2017




Girls 10ths 4:09.10 BGS 2002
Girls 9ths 4:02.87 BHS 2002
Girls 8ths 4:21.63 BGS 2002
Girls 7ths 4:10.59 BGS 2002
Girls 6th 4:03.26 MC 2004
Girls 5ths 3:56.75 LC 2019
Girls 4ths 3:53.28 LC 2020
Girls 3rds 1000m 3:47.80 BG 2003
Girls 3rds 2000m8:27.70BG2013
Girls 2nds 7:10.00 BCC2014
Girls Head of the River 7:25.55 BCC 2002
       
Boys Year 9 Div 6
3:56.34SPC2020
Boys Year 9 Div 5
3:55.36SPC2020
Boys Year 9 Div 4
3:52.08BHS2020
Boys Year 9 Div 3 3:35.00 BG 2013
Boys Year 9 Div 2 3:01.17 BG 2017
Boys Year 9 Div 1 3:29.54 BGS 2003




Boys Year 10 Div 43:42.36SPC2019
Boys Year 10 Div 3 3:35.04 SPC 2003
Boys Year 10 Div 2 3:26.08 SPC 2020
Boys Year 10 Div 1 3:14.79 BG 2020




Boys 10ths 3:49.52 BGS 1995
Boys 9ths 3:39.00 BGS 2002
Boys 8ths 3:39.80 SPC 1985
Boys 7ths 3:38.28 SPC 2002
Boys 6ths 3:39.00 MC 2004
Boys 5th 3:27.62 SPC 2002
Boys 4ths 3:22.31 BGS 2003
Boys 3rds 1000m 3:17.50 BGS 2003
Boys 3rds 2000m7:07.23BG2013
Boys 2nds 6:41.43 SPC 1994
Boys Head of the River 6:39.98 BHS 2014

 

Summaries By Event

Girls Head of the Lake

Boys Head of the Lake

Girls Rowing Premiership

Boys Rowing Premiership

 

Detailed Results By Year

Boys Ballarat Head of the Lake

Start of the Boy's Head in 2008

Girls Ballarat Head of the Lake

Start of the Girl's Head in 2008

 

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