A young Inverell rower is setting out to show what she can do after months of preparation for the NSW Schoolgirl Head of the River this Saturday, March 16.
Ramona Nedianu only picked up the oar late last year, but she is already proving to be a key member of The Armidale School's (TAS) girls' four team. Nedianu is also taking on the challenge of racing over 2000 metres as a single sculler.
“Rowing a single scull doesn't come naturally and requires a lot of balance," she said in a release.
"From falling out of the boat seven or eight times at the start of the season to completing a 2000 metre race on the Olympic course is a big thing, and I’ll (be) looking forward to doing my best and showing what I’ve achieved this season.”
Along with classmates Kim Bange, Tayla Frahm, Lily Neilson, Molly Dooner and coxswain Hattie Oates, Nedianu will take on the competition at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC). This will be the first time the TAS girls will face the Schoolgirl Championships as a four (rowing with single sweep oars) rather than a quad (two oars per rower).
The team have been training hard since November, and attended camps and regattas at Grafton and Taree during the school holidays. They also took on the NSW Rowing Championships and Sydney Rowing Club regattas at SIRC this term.
“We've all taken to sweep well and (we're) confident we can improve on our personal best time set at Sydney Rowing Club regatta two weeks ago and finish the season well," the girls' captain of boats Kim Bange said.
"It’s also been great to see the hard work that Ramona Nedianu has put into rowing a single scull being rewarded. However we finish, everyone’s just aiming to finish on a season high,” she said.