John XXIII students create waves at National Rowing Championships

John XXIII student and oarsman Patrick Boere lit up the Under 17 category at the recent Australian National Rowing Championships Regatta held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) over the period 18-23 March.

Patrick took on the trifecta of single, double and quadruple sculls making the A Final in all three events, a feat no other male Under 17 athlete managed to achieve. While he came away with one Gold Medal he left a lasting impression on many who watched him race.

Patrick placed 7th in the final of the Single Sculls and 6th in the final of the Quadruple Sculls in which he rowed with fellow John XXIII student William Williamson. However it was in the Double Sculls that Patrick and partner Declan Thornton sculling for the Swan River Rowing Club, made their mark on the National Championships.

Opening their Doubles campaign with a scintillating win in their heat in a time that cemented them as instant favorites, they went on to dominate their Semi-Final and eventually the Final winning by over 5 seconds from; The Southport School (2nd), Coomera Anglican/ Centenary (3rd), Newcastle Grammar School (4th), Hutchins School (5th), Cranbrook School (6th), Somerset College (7th) and Kinross Wolaroi (8th).

And perhaps demonstrating that athletic ability often runs in families, Patrick's younger sister Laura competed in the Under 17 Double and Quadruple Sculls narrowly missing a berth in the A Final of the Quadruple scull by less than 4 seconds. Eligible to contest this category for another 2 years, John XXIII may soon have another champion rower in its midst.