Surf rowers in training

Port Campbell will have strong representation in the upcoming Australian Surf Rowers League season.

THE Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club is gearing up for another summer of the Navy Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL).
Team manager Andrew Vogels said preparations were well under way for the club’s reserve team.
“They’re all past rowers; they’ve got a good mix of youth and experience,” he said.
“They should have a reasonably successful year; they’ve started off well with training.”
The Port Campbell Blowfish will again have an under 23 women’s crew, and are likely to put forth a mixed under 19 crew.
Vogels said the women’s team featured at least one new face, while the under 19 crew would have a few members new to the competition.
The reserve crew has been in training for over two months, while the women’s team has recently begun its training.
“Over the next few weeks we’ll try to spend a lot more time in the water with them,” Vogels said.
He said the reserve crew is expected to compete in the first round of the Navy ASRL series, while the women might take to the water in round two.
“I think the aim with the under 23 girls will be aiming to be rowing  well by the Vic Titles at Ocean Grove (in March) and the same with the new rowers,” Vogels said.
Shane Maslin will be sweep for the reserve crew while Scott McKenzie will take on the role for the women’s team.
The Victorian arm of the Navy ARSL Series consists of five events over the 2013-14 summer:
Round one: Mordialloc, Saturday, November 23.
Round two: Torquay, Sunday, December 15.
Round three: Anglesea, Sunday, January 5.
Round four: Jan Juc, Sunday, January 12
Round five: Seaspray, Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19.
The Victorian arm will see 270 sweeps and rowers from 25 surf clubs around the state compete across six divisions.
At the end of the initial rounds, all 60 crews will be invited to race at the Navy ASRL Open in Stockton, New South Wales, from February 7 to 9 next year.
The best performing Victorian crews in each division will be selected to race as the Victorian representative crews at the Navy ARSL Open in Stockton where they will compete against the other state’s representative crews.

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