ROWING: Students Toni Johnson and Jenna Bilston have won two golds and a silver at the Queensland Rowing Championships.Last weekend Canterbury College Students Toni Johnson and Jenna Bilston brought home two gold medals from the 2016 Queensland Rowing Championships at Wyaralong Dam.
Bilston and Johnson won agold medal togetherin the Women’s group 2 double scull and with their other crew in the Under 17’s quad scull.
The duo also brought home a silver medal in the women under 17’s double scull.
For their first competition this year the pair were in control, beating out elite teams from Queensland and NSW.
Bilston said during the quad race the team was out in front for the whole race.
“In the Under 17’s double scull we were coming in third or fourth until 100m out,” she said.
“Then it was an all in sprint for the places.”
The pair went into the championships hoping to place for the Centenary Rowing Club, but they knew competition would be strong.
“We beat crews that we hadn’t beaten at schools rowing,” Johnson said.
The girls were both excited to beat these crews and place first and second.
This win puts the girls in good spirits to ramp up their training efforts for the NSW State Championships which are to be held in February and the National Championships in March.
The girls train four days a week with 5am starts to row, however now with the competitions heating up they are increasing their training days.
Bilston and Johnson would like to thank Michael Opstelten, Peter Wadsworth, Colin Bilston, Terry Johnson and Donna Anderson for their support.
The girls are hoping to place at the NSW and National Championships in the coming months.
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